‘The View’: Whoopi Goldberg Is Reportedly ‘Threatening to Quit’ Following Suspension
Whoopi Goldberg is a pop culture icon and the moderator on The View. The legendary actor got into major backlash recently over her comments on the Holocaust. Although Goldberg apologized for the comments she made, she was suspended for two weeks over the fallout. A new report is now alleging that the EGOT queen is threatening to quit the show.
What is happening with Whoopi Goldberg?
ABC News President Kim Goodwin announced on Tuesday, Feb. 2 that Goldberg was going to be suspended from The View for two weeks. Goodwin noted that the suspension was so the show’s moderator reflected on what she had said.
“Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments,” read the statement posted on Twitter. “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.”
Although Goldberg apologized on the show, she was still reprimanded by the network and a new report is suggesting she is “livid” over the decision.
“She feels ABC executives mishandled this,” a source told the New York Post. “She followed their playbook, she went on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and then apologized again on The View the next day.”
The insider claimed that Goldberg didn’t take the suspension well and has talked about quitting the show adding, “Her ego has been hurt and she’s telling people she’s going to quit.”
How did Whoopi Goldberg handle her apology?
After the fallout from her commentary on The View, Goldberg released a statement on Twitter clarifying what she said and why it was not correct.
“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,” read the statement. “As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, ‘The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systemic annihilation of the Jewish people — who they deemed to be an inferior race.’ I stand corrected.”
Goldberg also said, “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.”
The following day, Goldberg addressed the issue and apologized on the show taking accountability in person for what she said.
“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 on the show Tuesday, Feb. 2. “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.”
‘The View’ co-hosts address Whoopi Goldberg’s absence
After it was announced that Goldberg was being suspended from the show for two weeks, viewers tuned in to The View to see the reaction of the co-hosts. However, the co-hosts didn’t say much and didn’t spend time talking about the incident.
“You all saw the news, Whoopi will be back here in two weeks. OK,” Joy Behar said at the top of the hour.
Behar stepped in as moderator for the show and after addressing Goldberg’s absence, introduced Tara Setmayer who has been there as a guest co-host all week.