ABC benched Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks late Tuesday, citing her insensitivity to Jews and making light of the Holocaust.
On Twitter, ABC News President Kim Godwin said Goldberg earned the suspension from the left-wing daytime gabfest “The View” because of her “wrong and hurtful comments.”
“While Whoopi has apologized,” Godwin continued, “I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments. The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family, and communities.”
The longtime “View” co-host and former actress and stand-up comedienne landed in hot water on Monday when she claimed the Holocaust was “not about race.” Rather, Adolf Hitler’s attempt to erase Jews from Europe was about “man’s inhumanity to man,” she said as the panel on her show debated the potential banning of a graphic novel called “Maus,” which is about the Holocaust.
Later Monday, Goldberg attempted to explain her point to late-night host Stephen Colbert, claiming Hitler’s murderous ways was actually about “two white groups.”
But then she added that if she and a Jewish friend encountered a Klansman on the street, only she would have to run because the friend could pass as white.
Goldberg eventually did apologize for her asinine comments.
In response to her remarks Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the reliably liberal Anti-Defamation League, tweeted: “The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people — who they deemed to be an inferior race. They dehumanized them and used this racist propaganda to justify slaughtering 6 million Jews.”
He was not alone.
Writing in The Washington Post, Daniella Greenbaum, a former producer for “The View,” ripped Goldberg for sharing on Colbert’s show “a viewpoint that was misguided and ignorant — but it was the viewpoint she genuinely meant to share.”
Goldberg, she added, helped feed “a relatively new prevailing notion that Jews, in America at least, are part of the White power structure — that we can’t be oppressed in the same way that other minorities are, and that we don’t need the same kind of support from allies that others do.”
The Daily Beast reported that Goldberg’s left-wing co-hosts were furious that Godwin removed Goldberg, especially after she apologized.
Yet backstage at ABC, people wondered what took Godwin so long.
Goldberg, who as a minority, liberal celebrity is among the most privileged class in America, is unaccustomed to people hitting back in such a way.
She claimed she felt “humiliated” by the punishment and was threatening to quit, according to the New York Post.