One day after The views Whoopi Goldberg drew intense backlash for claiming the Holocaust was not about race, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt told the show to fill his vacancy as co- facilitator with a Jewish person.
“So yesterday on our show, I misspoke and tweeted about it last night, but I kind of want you to hear it straight from me,” Goldberg noted at the top of the show. Tuesday. “I said something that I feel responsible not to leave unexamined because my words upset so many people which was never my intention. And I understand why now, and for that, I’m deeply, deeply grateful because the information I got was really useful and helped me understand different things.
Noting that his remarks revolved around a discussion of a Tennessee school board’s decision to ban Mausa graphic novel about the Holocaust, Goldberg said she now knew that the Holocaust “was indeed about race because Hitler and the Nazis viewed the Jews as an inferior race.”
“I’m corrected and I’m with the Jewish people,” she added before introducing Greenblatt to the show.
“Well, Whoopi, there’s no doubt that the Holocaust was about race,” he proclaimed. “This is how the Nazis saw it as they carried out the systematic annihilation of the Jewish people across continents, across countries with deliberate and ruthless cruelty. And literally the front page of Mausthe book you were talking about yesterday, Whoopi, it opens with a quote from Hitler, and literally, he says, Jews are definitely a race, but they’re not human.
He continued, “You see, Hitler’s ideology was based on the idea that the Aryans, the Germans were a quote, the ‘master race’, and the Jews were a sub-human race. It was racialized anti-Semitism.
He said that while it “might not exactly match or feel differently from how we think about race in America,” as it typically revolves around people of color, Jews “have been marginalized” and persecuted at through history.
“They were slaughtered largely because people thought they weren’t just a religion, but a different race,” Greenblatt added. “And your platform, Whoopi, is so important, using it now to educate people to realize that anti-Semitism remains a clear and present danger.”
Later in the interview, he also called for the program to consider someone Jewish when it finally decided to hire a permanent replacement for former co-host Meghan McCain. (View has had only two Jewish hosts in the show’s 25-year history — and none since 2016.)
Since McCain’s departure last year, the seat has been taken by a rotating list of conservative guests such as Condoleezza Rice, Mary Katharine Ham and Gretchen Carlson as the program continues to audition for a fifth full-time panelist.
“I know you believe in representation, and I know you work to bring in all points of view,” he said. “Think about having a Jewish host on this show who can bring these issues of anti-Semitism, who can bring these issues of representation to View every day.”
Liberal co-host Joy Behar responded to Greenblatt’s call for a Jewish host by reminding viewers that she is, in fact, not Jewish. “I guess I don’t count because everyone thinks I’m Jewish, but I’m not,” she joked. “So maybe you’re right, Jonathan.”
Goldberg sparked widespread outrage on Monday when she repeatedly insisted the Holocaust was “not about race.” Even though several of his co-hosts pointed out that the goal of the Holocaust was “white supremacy” and that the Nazis viewed the Jewish people as an inferior race, View the moderator would not back down from his assertion.
“It’s about the inhumanity of man to man,” she said, adding that the Holocaust involved “two groups of white people.”
Goldberg’s remarks drew swift condemnation from the ADL and other Jewish groups, with Greenblatt specifically calling the Oscar-winning actress’ “dangerous” twisting of Holocaust history.
“[T]The #Holocaust was about the Nazis’ systematic annihilation of the Jewish people, whom they considered an inferior race. he tweeted on Monday. “They dehumanized them and used this racist propaganda to justify the slaughter of 6 million Jews.”
Goldberg would have finally release a statement Monday night, apologizing “for the hurt” she had caused with her comments. “On today’s show, I said that the Holocaust ‘is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man.’ I should have said it is both,” Goldberg wrote, adding, “Jewish people around the world have always had my support, and that will never change.
During a Monday night appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbertwhich was recorded before she released her apology, Goldberg essentially doubled down on her remarks while trying to clarify them.
“I feel like being black, when you talk about race, it’s a very different thing for me, so I said I felt the Holocaust was not about race,” she said. “And people got very, very, very angry, and are still angry. I get all the mail from people, and very real anger, because people feel very differently.
She added, “But I thought it was an important discussion because as a black person I think race is something I can see. So I see you and I know what race you are, and the discussion was about how I felt about that. People were very angry and they said, “No, no, we are a race”, and I understand. I understand. I felt differently.
Stating that she ‘didn’t want to pretend to apologize’, Goldberg lamented to Colbert that she was ‘very upset that people misunderstood what I was saying’ and now accuses him of anti-Semitism and denial of the Holocaust.
“I thought we were having a discussion about race, which I think everyone was having,” she concluded.