The television personality, Whoopi Goldberg, addressed offensive comments that she made about the Holocaust during Monday’s episode of The View. She was accompanied by Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greeblatt to talk about harmful effects of spreading misinformation.

In the Monday episode of The View, Goldberg made her comments during a debate about Art Spiegelman’s comic book Maus being banned from a Tennessee school, where she said that the Holocaust “is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity” to other people.

“Yesterday on our show, I misspoke,” Goldberg said at the start of the show, “I said something that I feel a responsibility for not leaving unexamined, because my words upset so many people, which was never intentional and I understand why now. For that, I’m deeply grateful. The information I got was really helpful and helped me understand some different things.”

She corrected her past comments saying that the Holocaust “is indeed about race,” and went on about how Hitler and the Nazis ideology considered “Jews to be an inferior race” of people. She then added, “I know a lot of people were upset about what I said yesterday, and the things that I regret, so I wanted to clear this up.”

 

Greenblatt went further with his comments. “Whoopi, there is no question that the Holocaust was about race, that is how the Nazis saw it as they sought the systematic annihilation of the Jewish people, across continents, across countries, with deliberate and ruthless cruelty,” he said.

Greenblatt suggest that the ABC program, in the absence of Meghan McCain, who last year left her cohost spot on The View, should have a Jewish co-host so that the broadcast will be more open for discussion about antisemitism.

Goldberg later tweeted an apology statement about her comments. “The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver,” she wrote. “I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused.”

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