Will Whoopi Goldberg be fired from 'The View'? Host suspended and 'in deep s**t'
Whoopi Goldberg's time on 'The View' could be coming to an end, according to insiders at ABC. Just days after she controversially claimed the Holocaust was "not about race", Goldberg has been slapped with a two-week suspension by ABC. However, it appears to be the precursor to something far more serious, as executives at ABC and Disney are reportedly furious with her choice of words, and her apology.
The horrors of World War 2 appear to have become a punchline for many conservatives, who've made shocking comparisons of the current climate to the Holocaust. At a DC anti-vax rally, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. compared the vaccine mandate to the situation of Anne Frank. In November 2021, Fox host Lara Logan compared Dr. Anthony Fauci to Josef Mengele, the infamous Nazi doctor who ran the experiments at Auschwitz. Way back in May 2021, GOP politicians called for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to be expelled after she compared vaccine mandates to the Holocaust.
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Whoopi Goldberg issues 'sincere' apology after claiming Holocaust was 'not about race'
Now, Goldberg has joined the long list of personalities to drag in one of humanity's darkest moments. In a January 31 episode of 'The View', she made those claims, and just days later ABC has decided to act. Needless to say, things don't look too good right now for Goldberg, even though she did apologize, unlike Logan and RFK Jr.
Is Goldberg going to be fired?
If several insiders are to be believed, it seems like Goldberg is finished at 'The View'. On February 1, ABC News President Kim Godwin announced that Goldberg was being suspended for two weeks with immediate effect. "While Whoopi has apologized, I've asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments," he tweeted. That comes despite Goldberg issuing a lengthy apology on the show on February 1.
However, it seems like the apology and action are far from sufficient. A source at ABC told The Daily Mail, "These comments are absolutely abhorrent and outrageous and it’s time Disney and ABC grew a pair and fired her." The source added, "Why is there one rule for Whoopi Goldberg – who gets a pass on everything and another rule for everyone else?" The individual went on to say, "There is a blind spot on The View when it comes to anti-Semitism. It is never a big enough hate crime for them."
However, it appears as if ABC executives are taking it quite seriously. Another source spoke to Page Six and said, "ABC staffers and Disney Network execs are saying Whoopi went way too far. And board members are not happy with her apology and want a fuller retraction. The word is that Whoopi is in ‘deep s--t." Unlike what others believe, the source added that the situation "isn’t just going to blow over."
It appears to be a feeling even Goldberg's co-hosts share. "Even Joy Behar was heard saying backstage that Whoopi is ‘dead wrong’ and may not ever recover from this," the source added. Even Goldberg's own team appears to see the writing on the wall, with the source noting, "Her agents are panicking that she may have ruined herself for good." So far, ABC and Disney haven't moved beyond the two-week suspension, but it's clear serious debates are being held right now in the boardrooms. So it appears like it's only a matter of time.