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Whoopi Goldberg Suspended from "The View" for 2 Weeks Following Holocaust Remarks

Whoopi Goldberg Suspended from "The View" for 2 Weeks Following Holocaust Remarks

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While Whoopi Goldberg has publicly apologized for her comments alleging that "the Holocaust isn't about race," ABC News President Kim Godwin announced today that Goldberg will be suspended from the talk show for two weeks.

"Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments," ABC News President Kim Godwin said in a statement. "While Whoopi has apologized, I've asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments. The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family, and communities."

On Monday's episode of The View, Goldberg and her co-hosts were discussing the banning of Maus, a Pulitzer-winning nonfiction graphic novel that documents the tale of a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor. The book was banned by the Tennessee school board over nudity and profanity.

Goldberg commented that, "the Holocaust isn't about race" but rather "man's inhumanity to man." The comments sparked immediate backlash and anger among viewers, prompting responses from the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum.

Following the controversial statements, Goldberg went on the The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in an attempt to clarify the meaning behind her remarks, but only inflamed the situation further.

Late Monday night she took to Twitter to issue a formal apology writing,

"On today's show, I said the Holocaust 'is not about race, but about man's inhumanity to man.' I should have said it is about both. As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, 'The Holocaust was about the Nazi's systematic annihilation of the Jewish people — who they deemed to be an inferior race.' I stand corrected."

She added,

"The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver. I'm sorry for the hurt I have caused."

Goldberg continued to apologize for her insensitive comments on Tuesday's episode of The View.

"I said something that I feel a responsibility for not leaving unexamined, because my words upset so many people, which was never intentional and I understand why now. For that, I'm deeply grateful. The information I got was really helpful and helped me understand some different things."

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