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Joy Behar kickstarted Wednesday’s show with “You all saw the news, Whoopi will be back here in two weeks. OK. Tara Setmayer has returned to cohost.” The cast then got into hot topics.
Whoopi Goldberg’s comments about race and the Holocaust landed her in trouble hence being benched on The View.
The president of ABC Kim Godwin made the announcement, “Effectively 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 added, “The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family, and communities.”
Whoopi got in trouble on the show on Monday after asserting, “Let’s be truthful about it because Holocaust isn’t about race. It’s not about race. It’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”
Ana Navarro challenged Whoopi, arguing … “But it’s about white supremacists going after Jews.”
Whoopi responded “But these are two white groups of people. The minute you turn it into race it goes down this alley. Let’s talk about it for what it is. It’s how people treat each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re Black or white, Jews, it’s each other.”
She tried a make-good Tuesday, saying … “Yesterday on the show I misspoke. [The Holocaust] is indeed about race, because Hitler and the Nazis considered the Jews to be an inferior race. Now, words matter, and mine are no exception. I regret my comments and I stand corrected. I also stand with the Jewish people.”
It’ll be interesting to see how the suspension impacts live, opinion-based TV shows.