Whoopi Goldberg Returns to ‘The View’ After Suspension Over Holocaust Comments

Whoopi Goldberg returned to The View on Monday, following a ban arising from contentious Holocaust comments she made on the ABC show on Monday, Jan. 31.

Taking her position at the table as moderator, Goldberg welcomed viewers to the show by declaring she’s “back,” having previously stated that she knows both the potential and the constraints afforded to her by that platform.

Goldberg also thanked individuals who reached out to her and told her co-hosts that she missed them in the 90-second speech.

Goldberg was suspended after saying the Holocaust was “not about race” on The View on Jan. 31, during a discussion on the graphic novel Maus. The statement drew a rapid outcry online, prompting Goldberg to apologize on social media and on The View the next day. On the same day, the show had Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt to debate the matter.

Prior to her original apology, however, Goldberg made an interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in which she expanded on her prior statements and, to some, appeared to double down on them.

ABC News president Kim Godwin announced Goldberg’s suspension for two weeks on the evening of February 1. On Wednesday’s View, Joy Behar took Goldberg’s place as moderator and merely stated that Goldberg will “be back here in two weeks.”


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