Earlier this month, the Sister Act star issued an apology after saying on the programme that the Holocaust ‘wasn’t about race’ and that it was ‘about man’s inhumanity to man’.
The 66-year-old’s remarks sparked backlash, with numerous people pointing out that the Nazis regarded themselves as an Aryan ‘master race’ and six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust over Hitler’s racial hatred of the Jewish people.
Upon her return to The View after being temporarily suspended from the programme, Whoopi began her address to viewers by saying: ‘Yes, I am back. I missed you all.’
The presenter said that ‘there’s something kind of marvellous about being on a show like this, because we are The View and this is what we do’, adding: ‘Sometimes we don’t do it as elegantly as we could, but it’s five minutes to get in important information about topics.’
‘That’s why what we try to do every day. I want to thank everybody who reached out while I was away, and I’m telling you, people reached out from places that made me go, “What? Really? Ok!” And it was amazing and I listened to everything everybody had to say and I was very grateful.’
Whoopi said it was an ‘honour’ to have ‘important conversations’ on The View (Picture: ABC)
She continued: ‘I hope it keeps all the important conversations happening, because we’re going to keep having tough conversations, in part because that’s what we’ve been hired to do. It’s not always pretty and it’s not always as other people would like to hear, but it is an honour to sit at this table and be able to have these conversations because they’re important.
‘They’re important to us as a nation and to us more so as a human entity. Happy Valentine’s Day y’all.’
In her original comments about the Holocaust, Whoopi said: ‘These are two white groups of people! The minute you turn it into race it goes down this alley. Let’s talk about it for what it is. It’s how people treat each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re Black or white, Jews, it’s each other.’
Following heavy criticism, she released a statement addressing her inaccurate statement, stating: ‘I should have said it is about both. As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, “The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people – who they deemed to be an inferior race”. I stand corrected.’
When her suspension from The View was announced by ABC News President Kim Godwin, she said in a statement: ‘Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments.’
Kim added that while Whoopi had apologised at the time, she had asked the co-host to ‘take time and reflect and learn about the impact of her comments’, adding: ‘The entire ABC News organisation stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family, and communities.’
The View airs on ABC in the US.