Whoopi Goldberg threatened to quit The View after her joke about Lindsey Graham backfired. White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre was on the show and said:
“We have Lindsey Graham, Senator Graham and other and other leaders of the Republican Party who are saying, and they’re being very clear about this, folks, we got to listen to them that they want a national ban on abortions.
“Senator Graham had said, maybe about a month ago, early August, that he believes when it comes to marriage, when it comes to abortion, it’s for states to decide. So, Senator Graham, what changed?”
Goldberg insinuated Graham is gay with her joke saying:
“Well, maybe he’s getting married. Do it quick, ’cause I know people are fooling around with our marriage rights, whoever, wherever you stand.”
After the commercial break Whoopi said:
“Before I do this introduction, I need to make clear that I was doing what I do as a comic, sometimes I make jokes and it was a joke.
“Nothing more than that.
“I just got a whole conversation about people misunderstanding the joke,” she said with a look on her face that meant she got chewed out by the producers.
“I mean, okay?
“I should probably never do this show again if this is what it’s coming to”
“No, it was a joke, guys.”
Goldberg was suspended for two weeks earlier after she said the Holocaust “isn’t about race.”
She said: “This is white people doing it to white people so y’all go fight amongst yourselves but…”
“Let’s be truthful about it. The Holocaust isn’t about race. It’s not about race. It’s not about race. It’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man. That’s what it’s about.”
Hours later Goldberg issued an apology.
“On today’s show, I said the Holocaust ‘is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man’. I should have said it is about both.
“As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, ‘The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people – who they deemed to be an inferior race.’
“I stand corrected.”