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Whoopi Goldberg has been allowed to keep her job on The View despite growing demands to be fired for claiming that the Holocaust ‘was not about race’ and let off with an on-air apology despite growing calls for her to be fired.
The 66-year-old host on Monday sparked international outrage and offense by claiming the Holocaust was not about race because Jews and Nazis are ‘two groups of white people.’ She then issued a Twitter apology, but later doubled down on her comments on Stephen Colbert’s late-night CBS show.
Many – including ABC staffers – called for her to be fired over the remarks and asked why she was allowed to keep her job when others have been fired for arguably less.
ABC has not issued a comment on the scandal, nor has its parent company Disney. On Tuesday, Whoopi returned to The View where she spent the first few minutes apologizing, before cutting to her guest – Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, – to help ‘continue the conversation’.
‘Yesterday on our show I misspoke. I tweeted about it last night but I kind of want you to hear it from me directly. I feel a responsibility. My words upset so many people which was never my intention. I understand why. The information I got was really helpful.
‘I said the Holocaust wasn’t about race and was instead about man’s inhumanity to man. It is indeed about race because Hitler and the Nazis considered Jews to be the inferior race.
‘Words matter and mine are no exception. I regret my comments and I stand corrected,’ she said.
She then introduced Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, who spoke generally about anti-Semitism and why it is still a threat, before cutting to a commercial.
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Whoopi Goldberg on Tuesday apologized again for her claim that the Holocaust ‘wasn’t racist’ after a swell of people called for her to be fired
After apologizing, Whoopi introduced the panel’s guest – Jonathan Greenblatt – the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League – to help ‘continue the conversation’
But many are still calling for Whoopi to be fired and say she is being let off easily by getting away with just an on-air apology.
WHOOPI’S HOLOCAUST COMMENTS
The saga began when the panel discussed a Tennessee school removing the comic Maus from its curriculum because it contained nudity.
Critics are now demanding that Goldberg be fired from the show.
They pointed to other talk show hosts and TV personalities like Sharon Osborne and Roseanne Barr who were fired over making controversial remarks.
Goldberg started off by saying: ‘Personally I am shocked because given the story of Maus I am surprised that that’s what made you uncomfortable.
‘It’s about the Holocaust, the killing of 6million people, but that didn’t bother you. This is white people doing it to white people so y’all go fight amongst yourselves but…’
Later, she carried on: ‘Let’s be truthful about it. The Holocaust isn’t about race. It’s not about race. It’s not about race. It’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man. That’s what it’s about.’
Co-hosts Ana Navarro, Joy Behar and Sarah Haines all argued back but she continued: ‘But these are two white groups of people? You are missing the point.
‘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.’
Ahead of The View’s show on Tuesday, a senior ABC News source told DailyMail.com that staff are stunned by the network’s soft touch on her remarks, especially when it was so quick to fire Roseanne Barr over racist comments towards Valerie Jarrett.
‘There is a blind spot on The View when it comes to anti-Semitism. It is never a big enough hate crime for them.
‘These comments are absolutely abhorrent and outrageous and it’s time Disney and ABC grew a pair and fired her,’ the source said.
‘Disney took swift action and fired Roseanne Barr when she posted the awful tweet about Valerie Jarrett, yet Whoopi made her vile comments on ABC’s air and they do nothing about it? Where is the leadership from within Disney? Peter Rice needs to step up and do his job and fire Whoopi.
‘How is this appropriate at all? What message do we send as a company? Why is there one rule for Whoopi Goldberg – who gets a pass on everything and another rule for everyone else?’ said the source.
They added that the comment on Monday was only the latest in a string of inflammatory claims made by Whoopi, who previously defended Bill Cosby on the show.
‘We were all outraged when Whoopi was defending Bill Cosby and ABC had to bring [legal analyst] Dan Abrams on the show to help her understand that her views surrounding Cosby were extremely problematic. This was after fifty women, FIFTY, had come forward with serious allegations about him.’
‘People are livid within the news division as it completely undermines our credibility.’
The source also alleged that former host Meghan McCain previously pitched the victim of a Jewish hate crime as a guest on the show but that she was told to conduct the interview for online only.
McCain left the show after being routinely marginalized for her Conservative views.
Among those who fumed over Goldberg being allowed to stay on the show was Piers Morgan.
‘Sharon Osbourne was fired from The Talk for defending me against a fake charge of racism. Whoopi Goldberg said on The View yesterday that the Holocaust ‘wasn’t about race’, which for Jewish people is about as racist a comment as anyone could make.
‘Bet she doesn’t lose her job,’ he said.
Osborne was fired from The Talk, a CBS show, for defending Morgan against allegations he was racist because he did not believe everything the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, said.
The Consular General of Israel invited Goldberg on Monday to take a tour of the Museum of Jewish Heritage to learn about the Holocaust
Others have compared Whoopi’s situation to that of Joe Rogan, the Spotify podcast host who was admonished by musicians because he hosted anti-vax opinions on his show.
Spotify is standing by him and adding a content advisory warning to his shows, ignoring the demands of musicians like Joni Mitchell and Neil Young who threatened to pull their music off the streaming site because they disagreed with Rogan.
Rogan has never disclosed his vaccination status. It’s unclear if he is pro or against it but the very fact he was giving a platform to the topic of anti-vaxxing was enough, they said, to constitute disinformation.
Her co-hosts have not yet publicly commented on her remarks.
Whoopi posted this apology on Twitter on Monday night after sparking outrage