“Effective immediately, I will suspend Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her false and hurtful comments,” ABC News president Kim Godwin said in a statement.
“While Whoopi has apologized, I have asked her to take time to think and learn about the impact of her comments,” Godwin added. “The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our colleagues, friends, family and Jewish community.”
As Godwin said in her statement, Goldberg has in fact apologized for her remarks. On Monday night, Goldberg apologized in a note posted on Twitter. And on Tuesday, Goldberg opened up to issue “The View” apology.
But her comments upset ABC News staff. While some accept her apology, others believe disciplinary action has been warranted, according to conversations with staff.
Goldberg is no stranger to controversy, having made a number of comments during her nearly 15 years on the show that have sparked a backlash.
In 2009, she commented that Roman Polanski was not guilty of “rape-rape”, a comment she later clarified. Goldberg also initially defended Bill Cosby when he was faced with sexual assault allegations, a view she eventually reversed.
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