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Some fans of ABC’s “The View” want co-host Whoopi Goldberg replaced with an infamous ex-host after she made a slew of “offensive” comments about the Holocaust.
A Reddit user created a thread on the platform about the controversy and titled it: “If Whoopi is fired, should they bring back Rosie? Whoopi who I love once again said something really dumb and ABC has to be angry. If she’s fired, should they get Rosie O’Donnell back as a mod? She was good TV, IMO.”
“I would love for Rosie to come back if only to see how she would handle the Sunny issue. I also think it would be interesting to see how she interacts with Farrah. She and Elizabeth were on opposite sides politically, but did get along quite well for a while,” wrote another fan.
A third said: “I would love Rosie to come back!!”
“Bring Rosie back!!! Love her. Even as a special correspondent!” another agreed.
However, others said that she would never come back as she has “been burned too many times” by the show.
Goldberg was forced to apologize again for comments she made about the Holocaust.
As she was promoting her new movie “Till,” about a young black child who was viciously murdered by a gang of white men in 1955, she was asked by a reporter about the comments she made on the show.
Earlier this year, Goldberg was suspended from “The View” for claiming the Holocaust was not about race. She apologized for the comments but in a new interview with the U.K. paper The Sunday Times, it appears her apology may not have been sincere.
“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,” the actress said.
Journalist Janice Turner explained to Goldberg, whose real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson, that there were race laws the Nazis created against Jews and said that “Nazis saw Jews as a race.”
“Yes, but that’s the killer, isn’t it? The oppressor is telling you what you are. Why are you believing them? They’re Nazis. Why believe what they’re saying?” she said.
“It doesn’t change the fact that you could not tell a Jew on a street,” she said. “You could find me. You couldn’t find them.”
“But you would have thought that I’d taken a big old stinky dump on the table, butt naked,” she said, in reference to her comments that got her suspended from “The View.”
“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 said.
But on Tuesday, a representative for Goldberg sent a press release that showed the host apologizing for the comments.
“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. 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,” she said.
“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 continued. “My sincere apologies again, especially to everyone who thought this was a fresh rehash of the subject. I promise it was not. 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 said.
The actress faced immediate backlash after making the new comments.
“Whoopi Goldberg – 1 million Jews were murdered in Auschwitz alone, so take a lesson from @AuschwitzMuseum. Hitler targeted Jews for annihilation arguing that we are a distinct and inferior race. Stop distorting history. It’s offensive to every Jew murdered in the Holocaust,” Boundless Israel co-founder Aviva Klompas.
Whoopi Goldberg – 1 million Jews were murdered in Auschwitz alone, so take a lesson from @AuschwitzMuseum
Hitler targeted Jews for annihilation arguing that we are a distinct and inferior race.
Stop distorting history. It’s offensive to every Jew murdered in the Holocaust. https://t.co/oX5izpiQbG
— Aviva Klompas (@AvivaKlompas) December 26, 2022
“Whoopi is at it again, repeating the very same nonsense about the Holocaust she ‘apologized’ for months ago! Whoopi is so ignorant she claims Nazi genocide was ‘not about race’ even though Africans were also murdered as ‘racial inferiors’ just like Jews! @TheView is her enabler,” former Democrat New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind said, along with a video in which he called her comments “ignorant,” “stupid” and “uneducated.”
“You’re entitled to say whatever you want to say. This is America,” Hiking said. “But ABC does not need to give you a platform.”
He said that “nobody wants an apology anymore because it’s meaningless. Because it’s a lie. It’s dishonest.
Whoopi is at it again, repeating the very same nonsense about the Holocaust she “apologized” for months ago!
Whoopi is so ignorant she claims Nazi genocide was “not about race” even though Africans were also murdered as “racial inferiors” just like Jews!@TheView is her enabler https://t.co/Z9VU9XpfTR pic.twitter.com/dOom4QLTEg
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) December 26, 2022
In February, the Daily Mail reported that Goldberg has a tenuous history with the Jewish community and even submitted a recipe to a cookbook that contained a derogatory reference to Jewish women.
The Anti-Defamation League chastised her for the recipe.
“It’s a lousy recipe with insensitive and anti-Semitic ingredients. Whoopi should know better. She needs some sensitivity training, unfortunately. The good people who published it need some sensitivity training too,” the group said.