Whoopi Goldberg has made headlines for her controversial remarks just as often as she has for her storied, EGOT-winning career.
The View cohost found herself in hot water throughout 2022 after making antisemitic comments about the Holocaust that led to a two-week suspension from the long-running ABC talk show in February.
The Ghost star, who previously shared that she identified as Jewish, faced extreme backlash after alleging on the January 31, 2022, episode of The View that the Holocaust — which killed more than 6 million Jewish people — is “not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”
“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 on February 1, 2022. “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.”
Though Goldberg apologized for her comments at the time, she doubled down on her stance in December 2022.
“My best friend said, ‘Not for nothing is there no box on the census for the Jewish race. So that leads me to believe that we’re probably not a race,” she told the Sunday Times. “Remember who they were killing first. They were not killing racial; they were killing physical. They were killing people they considered to be mentally defective. And then they made this decision.”
Goldberg continued: “It doesn’t change the fact that you could not tell a Jew on a street. You could find me. You couldn’t find them. That was the point I was making. But you would have thought that I’d taken a big old stinky dump on the table, butt naked.”
Days later, the Thoroughly Modern Millie alum apologized for her comments to the Sunday Times.
“Recently while doing press in London, I was asked about my comments from earlier this year. I tried to convey to the reporter what I had said and why, and attempted to recount that time,” she told E! News. “It was never my intention to appear as if I was doubling down on hurtful comments, especially after talking with and hearing people like rabbis and old and new friends weighing in. I’m still learning a lot and believe me, I heard everything everyone said to me.”
The actress’ offensive remarks about World War II were far from the only time she has caused a stir over the years.
In July 2015, she defended Bill Cosby amid multiple accusations of sexual assault against him, declaring the disgraced comedian “innocent until proven guilty.” (In 2018, the Cosby Show alum was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, though his conviction was later overturned and he was released from prison after serving three years.) After backlash, Goldberg changed her stance during an appearance on ABC News later that month.
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