Whoopi Goldberg is doing her best to backtrack from the most recent statements she made regarding the Holocaust and not be driven by racism because it was “white on white.”
But pressure is continuing to rise for Disney’s ABC to fire her from being a host on “The View.”
In a statement issued this week, Goldberg apologized for her remarks made during a recent interview with “The Sunday Times” in London. She doubled down on her comments claiming that the extermination of Jews during the Holocaust wasn’t motivated by race.
“I believe that the Holocaust was about race, and I am still as sorry now as I was then that I upset, hurt and angered people,” she said. “In this time of rising antisemitism, I want to be very clear when I say that I always stood with the Jewish people and always will. My support for them has not wavered and never will.”
She also declared that she was not trying to “double down” on the hurtful comments she had made and she said she is hearing everyone people like old friends and rabbis are saying to her.
In a weekend interview with “The Times” to promote her new movie, “Till,” she addressed the first time in January that she made comments like this.
“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 newspaper.
The interviewer pushed back with Whoopi saying that Nazis say Jews as a race, Goldberg said “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.”
Goldberg received a two-week suspension from “The View” for her comments in January, but the apology that she made on Twitter has since been deleted.
We will see if Disney and ABC are ready to take a much more firm response with these recent comments.