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On ABC’s “The View,” a big announcement rocked the liberal show’s foundation.
Joy Behar announced that the show’s moderator, Whoopi Goldberg, would be taking a break.
“If you’re wondering where Whoopi is, the girl’s got a movie she’s making,” stated the 79-year-old Behar.
“And she will be back when she finishes whatever she’s doing. So she’s gone for a while,” she added.
WATCH: Whoopi Goldberg did not appear on The View today. Joy Behar says the controversial host is working on a movie and will be "gone for a while"
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) April 11, 2022
Twitter users responded to the news:
“I think all of them should take a break, Permanently.!” wrote one person.
“WHO in the world watches the View??!!!!” posted another.
And yet another wrote, “Nothing lost there. Now Joy needs to be right behind her. Evil ladies !”
Many called out ABC’s dual standard when it came to punishment for statements made by those in its employ. Liberals like Whoopi got slaps on the wrist while conservatives like Roseanne Barr was immediately fired over a tweet she made while under the influence.
“Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC immediately from her hit TV show all over a tweet that they didn’t want her to explain. Whoopi Goldberg gets a pass from the same network. Why the hypocrisy?” wrote one Twitter user at the time of Goldberg’s Holocaust statements.
Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC immediately from her hit TV show all over a tweet that they didn’t want her to explain. Whoopi Goldberg gets a pass from the same network. Why the hypocrisy? pic.twitter.com/N89W3NZF6E
— The Domestic Goddess (@FandomRoseanne) February 3, 2022
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon Studios’ series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys has added Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg to its cast.
Goldberg is one of six actors joining the series, which is filming in Scotland and will debut on Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service. Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Emmanuel Ighodaro, Cecilia Noble, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, and Don Gilet have also been cast.
Goldberg will pay Bird Woman, the god of birds and one of the story’s primary antagonists. She and the other new cast actors will play gods who make up the World Before Time — a place where the animals are gods who still walk and that’s full of beauty, magic, and danger.
Regarding the movie, Goldberg stated, “I have been a fan of this book for a very long time and when Neil Gaiman told me it was being brought to the screen, I did everything I could to be part of it to help make people aware of Anansi and all his magic.”
“When I first conceived Anansi Boys, decades ago, I imagined Whoopi Goldberg as Bird Woman. I wasn’t able to meet her until 2018 when she interviewed me with some of the Good Omens team at New York Comic-Con. At which point she mentioned that she had just finished listening to Sir Lenny Henry’s reading of Anansi Boys and that it was one of her favorite books. Sometimes things feel planned and inevitable, and we are incredibly lucky. She’s going to be scary,” Gaiman explained.
Earlier in the year, Goldberg faced accusations of antisemitism.
On a previous broadcast of The View, Goldberg said that the “Holocaust isn’t about race… it’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”
In an attempt to correct her, Ana Navarro responded, “But it’s about white supremacists going after Jews.”
In Goldberg’s typical style, she interrupted her co-host and insisted that “these are two white groups of people! The minute you turn it into a 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.”
The same night, she continued to argue her case on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
“I feel, being Black, when we talk about race, it’s a very different thing to me. So I said I thought the Holocaust wasn’t about race. And people got very angry and still are angry. I’m getting a lot of mail from folks and a lot of real anger. But I thought it was a salient discussion because as a Black person I think of race as being something that I can see,” she asserted.
“So I see you and know what race you are. I thought it was more about man’s inhumanity to man. People said, ‘no, no, we are a race.’ I felt differently. I respect everything everyone is saying to me.”
“When you talk about being a racist, you can’t call this racism. This was evil. This wasn’t based on skin. You couldn’t tell who was Jewish. You had to delve deeply and figure it out.”
“When the Klan is coming down the street and I’m standing with a Jewish friend – I’m going to run. But if my friend decides not to run, they’ll get passed by most times, because you can’t tell most times,” Goldberg continued.
“That’s what I was trying to explain. I understand not everybody sees it that way and I did a lot of harm to myself and people decided I was all these other things that I’m not. I get it, folks are angry, I accept that, and I did it to myself, and I’ll work hard to not think that way again,” she concluded.