Whoopi Goldberg made a surprise early return to The View on Monday, two days before her full two-week suspension expired following the global backlash over comments she made about the Holocaust last month.
The 66-year-old host missed just eight episodes after ABC announced that she would be sitting out for the comedian for two weeks — presumably ten episodes — after her last airing on January 31, in which she apologized for saying the Holocaust wasn’t about race on the previous day’s show.
But on Monday, Goldberg returned to broadcasting after missing just eight shows. ABC did not immediately respond to comment regarding her early comeback on Monday afternoon.
‘Okay, hi, hi, hi, and welcome to The View. And yes, I’m back… and I’ve missed you all too,” Goldberg told viewers and her co-hosts at the top of the show.
I got to tell you, there’s something so wonderful about being on a show like this, because we’re The View and that’s what we do. And sometimes we don’t do it as accurately as possible.
But it takes five minutes to get important information about the topics. This is what we try to do every day. I want to thank everyone who contacted me during my absence.
And I tell you, people from places that made me go, ‘Wait, wait, what?’ Oh really? OK! “And it was great and I listened to everything everyone said and I was so grateful, I hope all the important conversations continue because we will continue to have difficult conversations.”
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Whoopi Goldberg is addressing viewers after her surprise appearance on ABC’s The View on Monday, two days before her two-week suspension period ended.
“We’re going to continue to have a difficult conversation,” the 66-year-old host said after the global backlash over her comments that the Holocaust was “not about race.”
Whoopi Goldberg arrives at ABC Studios at West 57th Street in Manhattan on Monday
Goldberg was in her usual seat at The View with her co-hosts on Monday, her first episode since she was suspended for two weeks after the February 1 show.
Goldberg jumps into a waiting car after filming Monday’s episode of The View
Goldberg was placed on unpaid suspension for two weeks after the infamous January 31 episode by ABC president Kim Goodwin, who said she wanted to end a “culture” where The View host and co-host Joy Behar can say and do. Whatever they want,” the insider told DailyMail.com.
DailyMail.com reached out to ABC for comment on Goldberg’s surprising early return.
Goldberg faced a rebellion from staff who felt she had gone overboard with her deaf apologies for her comments about the Holocaust.
She was not shy about controversy upon her return.
“It’s not always pretty, like I said, and it’s not always what other people would like to hear, but it’s an honor to be sitting at this table and to be able to have these conversations because they are important,” Goldberg said.
They are important to us as a nation, and to us more than they are a human entity. So, Happy Valentine’s Day, to all of you! And we’ll start, because that’s what we do.
Goldberg thanked Darlene Love for her performance on the show, then after the break, there was a shopping segment with co-host Sarah Haines, after the next break, Whoopi appeared again on the show (allegedly live) to sign, but she was actually already in her car and went in The time it was broadcast.
Whoopi Goldberg sparked outrage by claiming that the Holocaust “wasn’t about race” because it was “two groups of white people” during the January 31 episode of The View.
Sarah Haines attempted to point out that the Nazis considered themselves superior to the Jews, but Goldberg did not take her view into account.
The controversy began when Whoopi claimed on air that the Holocaust “wasn’t about race.” She posted an apology on Twitter, then apologized on air the next day on February 1 but was put on hold after the show.
Sources told DailyMail.com that the outspoken host was set to forfeit $192,000 for the two-week suspension.
Reactions on social media have been mixed, with many feeling the suspension was not sufficient as a punishment, and some even going so far as to call for Goldberg’s release.
One wrote on Twitter: “You shouldn’t bring back #Boycotttheview.”
Another commentator view: “Such BS, should be fired, fired permanently.”
TheView needs to tell the truth. Nobody cares about “hard conversations”. We care that the painting says the wrong things.
Another person wrote on Twitter: “All her hosts are so happy she’s back, no one but her.”
“Anti-Semitic conversations are tough conversations,” tweeted a Twitter user by the name of Ron Hack.
The talk show host tried to retract her comments on her last show before commenting.
“On today’s programme, I said the Holocaust ‘is not about race, it’s about human brutality toward man.’ I should have said it’s about both,” she said.
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