Whoopi Goldberg's 'The View' co-hosts fuming at comedian's suspension over Holocaust comments
Certain sources told to The Daily Beast that Whoopi Goldberg has been suspended for two weeks from 'The View' as a result of her Holocaust statements on Monday, and her co-hosts are unhappy with the network. “People are really upset and don’t understand why it took two days,” an ABC executive told The Daily Beast. But according to multiple sources, Goldberg's co-hosts Sunny Hostin, Joy Behar, and Ana Navarro are incensed by the network's decision.
In a memo to workers on Tuesday evening, ABC News president Kimberly Godwin said, “Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments. While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments.” She continued, “The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities.”
"These decisions are never easy, but necessary," Kimberly continued. While Whoopi's words "do not align" with ABC News' values or culture, she said that "it was important" that 'The View' host had an opportunity to address them on Tuesday's show "and have an educational conversation" with Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. “I appreciate their conversation and his acknowledgment of Whoopi’s efforts,” Kimberly concluded.
Ana Navarro, a regular guest presenter who appeared on Monday's show, later expressed her sadness about the whole ordeal to The Daily Beast. On Tuesday evening, she said, "I love Whoopi Goldberg. I love The View. This was an incredibly unfortunate incident. Whoopi is a lifelong ally to the Jewish community. She is not an anti-Semite. Period. I am sad. And I have nothing else to say."
As of tonight Whoopi put out a formal apology and admitted she was wrong. There will be someone on the View tomorrow with the girls to explain exactly what should have been said. Whoopi is of high class & admitted she was wrong and apologized.Anna Navarro as well tomorrow.— Merd1962 (@Tuscana107) February 1, 2022
During a heated conversation on Monday about the recent banning of Maus, an award-winning Holocaust graphic novel by a Tennessee school board, the Oscar-winning actress and comedian, Whoopi Goldberg, who has been with the show since 2007, generated a tremendous reaction. She argued that the Holocaust was not "about race," even when multiple co-hosts pointed out that Adolf Hitler's "Final Solution" was aimed at achieving "white supremacy." She claimed, "It's about man's inhumanity to man," adding that the Holocaust only affected "two white groups of people."
Many Twitter users have commented on the subject, with one tweet reading: "Wrong move by @ABC to suspend@WhoopiGoldberg for being uninformed about anti -semitism. @ABC should have taken this opportunity to raise Whoopi’s and the View audience’s awareness about centuries of ghettoization, expulsion from countries, pogroms, and mass murder of Jews."
Wrong move by @ABC to suspend @WhoopiGoldberg for being uninformed about anti -semitism. @ABC should have taken this opportunity to raise Whoopi’s and the View audience’s awareness about centuries of ghettoization, expulsion from countries, pogroms, and mass murder of Jews.— Linda Torn (@skeptocat) February 2, 2022
Another tweet read, "I'm out until @Whoopi comes back. ABC did nothing when John McCain's daughter (in case no one knew) said crazy stuff and insulted the ladies and guests. Nice move to suspend her on day 1 of Black History month."
I'm out until @Whoopi comes back. ABC did nothing when John McCain's daughter (in case no one knew) said crazy stuff and insulted the ladies and guests. Nice move to suspend her on day 1 of Black History month. 👎🏼😡— Sonita1964 (@Sonita19641) February 2, 2022