‘The View’ Co-Host Ana Navarro Defends Whoopi Goldberg After ‘Unfortunate Incident’

Whoopi Goldberg has been in the ring of fire this week after making a statement about the Holocaust on The View. The show’s moderator has been facing a severe backlash after her comments that it landed her getting a two-week suspension from the show. Co-host Ana Navarro is now breaking her silence on the “unfortunate incident” and defending the EGOT legend.

Ana Navarro and Whoopi Goldberg on the set of 'The View'
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What did Ana Navarro say about Whoopi Goldberg after controversy?

The View is all about having healthy debates about issues that society faces every day. Although some co-hosts end up in heated debates, there’s a solidarity among them that it’s unbreakable. Navarro adores Goldberg and has gotten to bat for her on numerous occasions in the best. When Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran made a joke at Goldberg’s expense, Navarro quipped and turned it back on the entrepreneur.

Goldberg has recently been involved in controversy after unfortunate comments about the Holocaust that didn’t go over well with many people.

“Let’s be truthful about it because [the] Holocaust isn’t about race,” she said on the show Monday, Jan. 31. “It’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”

Following the fallout, Navarro was asked about the incident and she defended Goldberg talking about her character.

“I love Whoopi Goldberg. I love The View,” she told The Daily Beast. “This was an incredibly unfortunate incident. Whoopi is a lifelong ally to the Jewish community. She is not an antisemite. Period. I am sad. And I have nothing else to say.”

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Whoopi Goldberg apologizes for her comments

Goldberg faced major backlash after she made the comments on The View. As public scrutiny continued to grow, Goldberg would make an appearance again on Feb. 1 where she would address the controversy. The multi-award-winning star took the top of the hour-long show to apologize to the audience.

“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 continued her apology adding, “I said the Holocaust wasn’t about race and was instead about man’s inhumanity to man. But it is indeed about race because Hitler and the Nazis considered Jews to be an inferior race. Now, words matter and mine are no exception. I regret my comments, as I said, and I stand corrected. I also stand with the Jewish people as they know and y’all know, because I’ve always done that.”

Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Joy Behar, and Sunny Hostin posing for 'The View' Season 25 promo shot
Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sara Haines, and Sunny Hostin | ABC/Robert Ascroft

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Meghan McCain slams double standard

Although McCain said she had moved on from The View, she couldn’t resist taking a jab at her former co-host during the backlash. The Republican pundit wrote a Daily Mail column where she called out the double standard the network allegedly had about reprimanding liberal co-hosts versus conservative ones.

“In the world of media, there are people who will never face the same ramifications and repercussions that others will,” she said. “There’s a double, triple, and even quadruple standard if you are conservative.”

McCain also said, “I hope this can be used as a teachable moment to explain to millions of Americans why conflating the Holocaust as something that is specific and limited to ‘white people’ is insane, ahistorical, and anti-Semitic.”

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