Whoopi Goldberg Suspended from "The View" Following Holocaust Comments

She apologized after saying the Holocaust was "not about race."

ABC News president Kim Godwin announced that Whoopi Goldberg would be suspended from her hosting duties on The View for two weeks. The move comes after Goldberg said that the Holocaust was "not about race" during an episode. Though she has apologized, CNN reports that Godwin sent out an internal email that clarified that Goldberg's statements were "wrong and hurtful."

"While Whoopi has apologized, I've asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments," Godwin said. "The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities ... But words matter and we must be cognizant of the impact our words have."

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On Monday's episode of The View, Goldberg said that the Holocaust was "not about race." Instead, she said, it was about "man's inhumanity to man." On Monday night, she appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to apologize, but only made matters worse.

"Yesterday on the show I misspoke," Goldberg said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "[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."

Then, on Tuesday, she offered another apology on The View. After the show, she sat down with Anti-Defamation League president Jonathan Greenblatt to discuss the situation and he later said that he accepted her apology, though ABC News staffers were still not satisfied.

"I said something that I feel a responsibility for not leaving unexamined, because my words upset so many people, which was never my intention," she said. "I understand why now, and for that I am deeply, deeply grateful because the information I got was really helpful, and it helped me understand some different things."

Goldberg previously came under fire when she defended Bill Cosby when he was accused of sexual assault, though she did reverse her statement. Goldberg's suspension comes after recent headlines at The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as well, where the longtime host was accused of harboring hostility on set. DeGeneres apologized, as well, though the show lost more than a million viewers in the wake of the controversy.

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