The View has suspended cohost Whoopi Goldberg for her clueless and insensitive comments about the Holocaust.
Despite the sound of her name, Goldberg is not Jewish! She was born Caryn Elaine Johnson. She has claimed that her mother was of Jewish descent, and she has said that she “identifies as Jewish,” which makes her comments about the Holocaust even more bizarre and distressing.
By the way, researcher Henry Louis Gates Jr. found that all of Goldberg’s traceable ancestors were all African Americans and that she had no known German or Jewish ancestry, and that none of her ancestors were named Goldberg. Be that as it may, the View host raised eyebrows when during a discussion about the banning of the book “Maus” she said that the “The Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race,” Goldberg said. “It’s about man’s inhumanity to man,” insisting that it could not be about race because she insisted that “the Nazis and Jews were both white.”
Higher-ups at the network urged Goldberg to make amends on “The Late Show” that evening but she repeated the statement while attempting to clarify her comments. The next day, she invited Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on the show to discuss her offensive remarks and to apologize again.
But her words weren’t enough for ABC top brass. Kim Godwin, ABC News president, who announced her decision to suspend Goldberg for two weeks telling staffers that such decisions “are never easy, but necessary.”
“Words matter and we must be cognizant of the impact our words have,” Godwin wrote in a memo to employees that dubbed Goldberg’s initial comments “wrong and hurtful.”
Now, despite her half-handed attempts at apology, reports are surfacing that Goldberg is furious over her suspension and that sources told the NY Post that she told her co-workers she is going to quit the show.
Goldberg, 66, feels “humiliated” at being disciplined by ABC execs after she followed their advice to apologize for the ill-conceived comments, a well-placed insider told The Post.
“She feels ABC executives mishandled this. She followed their playbook. She went on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ and then apologized again on ‘The View’ the next day,” a source said.
The unnamed source added that while Goldberg is taking the suspension hard and says she wants to leave the show, insiders believe she’s likely just sounding off.
“Her ego has been hurt and she’s telling people she’s going to quit,” the source said. “Suspension from ‘The View’ is like getting suspended from Bravo. The bar is very low.”