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Whoopsie Goldberg! Outspoken View host has long history of courting controversy

Whoopi Goldberg sparked worldwide fury on Monday by claiming that the Holocaust ‘was not about race’ as a result of it concerned ‘two teams of white individuals’ – however it’s removed from the primary time the 66-year-old co-host of The View has courted controversy. 

Goldberg, who started her career as a standup comic and in avant-garde theater troupes, has had a history of supporting wife-beaters, race-baiters and even a serial rapist.

Yet she stays entrenched as one of the co-hosts of the favored daytime present as a result of her unfiltered outbursts are sometimes must-watch TV.

On Monday evening, she issued an apology for her Holocaust remarks, saying she was ‘sorry for the damage I’ve precipitated’. 

The Academy Award winner and one of solely 16 individuals to have gained an ‘EGOT’ – an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony – has remained resolutely controversial all through her checkered career.  

Whoopi Goldberg sparked outrage by claiming on The View that the Holocaust was ‘not about race’ as a result of it is ‘two white teams of individuals’.

‘I do know he is not a racist’: Whoopie defends her ‘buddy’ Mel Gibson after he tells his then girlfriends he hopes she will get raped by a ‘pack of n****s’

In July 2010, Goldberg defended Mel Gibson after a livid dialog between him and ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva was printed. 

Gibson tells his Russian girlfriend, mom of his daughter Lucia: ‘You appear like a f****** pig in warmth, and in the event you get raped by a pack of n******, it will likely be your fault.’  

Goldberg defended him. 

‘I do know Mel, and I do know he is not a racist,’ she stated. 

‘I’ve had a long friendship with Mel. You can say he is being a bonehead, however I am unable to sit and say that he is a racist having hung out with him in my home with my children.’

Goldberg was fast so as to add, nonetheless, that she doesn’t condone his actions.

‘I do not like what he is achieved,’ she stated. ‘Make no mistake.’

When co-host Joy Behar requested Goldberg if she thought Gibson was anti-Semitic, she replied, ‘I feel he is an a******,’ shortly overlaying her mouth earlier than the complete phrase escaped her lips.

View co-host says males have ‘each proper’ to hit a lady if she hits them first as she defends NFL star Ray Rice who battered his spouse 

In 2014, she twice sprung to the protection of male celebrities concerned in violent confrontations with girls.

First she stated that Jay-Z, who was attacked by Beyoncé’s sister Solange Knowles in an elevator at The Standard Hotel, would have been justified in hitting her again. 

Goldberg instructed The View in May 2014 {that a} man has ‘each proper’ to hit a lady in some circumstances. Jaz-Z kept away from any assault.

‘I feel Solange was fairly prepared for him to do no matter he was going to do,’ Goldberg stated. 

‘This is the factor: If anyone hits you, you could have the correct – I do know that many individuals are raised differently – but when a lady hits you, to me, you could have the correct to hit her again,’ she stated.

Discussing the notorious time Solange Knowles attacked her brother-in-law Jay-Z in an elevator, Goldberg stated the rapper would have been justified in hitting her again

In August 2014, Goldberg defended NFL participant Ray Rice for hitting his accomplice

Barbara Walters then inquired if Goldberg believed that it was acceptable for a person to hit a lady, to which Goldberg replied that ‘if I slap a person, he has each proper to slap me again’.

She then defended Ray Rice – an NFL star who battered his spouse and by no means performed one other down – noting that she admitted she hit him first.

‘If you make the selection, as a lady who’s 4-foot-3, and also you determine to hit a man who’s 6-foot-tall, and also you’re the very last thing he needs to take care of that day and he hits you again, you can’t be shocked,’ Goldberg stated.

‘I do know I’m going to catch quite a bit of hell, and I do not care. 

‘But you must train girls, don’t reside with this concept that males have this chivalry factor nonetheless with them, do not assume that that’s nonetheless in place.’

Whoopi leaps to the protection of her Hollywood pal and accused serial rapist Bill Cosby long after most deserted him amid flurry of accusations  

The floodgates of allegations opened in November 2014, however Goldberg defended him resolutely till July 2015.

‘He has not been confirmed a rapist,’ she insisted in early July 2015. 

‘It’s my opinion, and the American courts agree with me as a result of nonetheless he has not been taken to jail or tried on something. So again off me!’ 

Several weeks later, she lastly modified her tune.

‘I gotta say, all of the knowledge that is on the market kinda factors to ‘guilt’,’ she concluded.

Goldberg additionally sparked controversy by defending Bill Cosby for a long whereas after the accusations of rape and sexual assault have been made

In 1993, she was roasted by her then-boyfriend Ted Danson on the Friar’s Club.

Goldberg and Danson collaborated on the jokes, and Danson appeared on stage in blackface together with his lips painted white, continuing to make graphic jokes about Goldberg’s anatomy and repeatedly used the n-word.

Attendees have been horrified and then-New York City Mayor David Dinkins – the primary black mayor of town – stated he was ’embarrassed for Whoopi and the viewers and felt an amazing sense of aid when it was over.’

Talk present host Montel Williams stormed off seven minutes into Danson’s monologue and left together with his visibly upset spouse.

‘When Ted made the jokes concerning the racially blended children, and everybody is aware of my spouse is white and simply gave start to our youngster, I may see my spouse begin to cry,’ Williams instructed The New York Daily News. 

‘If that is what Whoopi and Ted discover humorous of their bed room, it is not humorous to the skin world.’

Williams stated he deliberate to ship roses and a be aware of apology to all of the black girls sitting on the dais with him for what he stated was like ‘a meeting of the Klan.’

Whoopi Goldberg is pictured together with her then boyfriend Ted Danson and Robert De Niro on the Friar’s Club in New York City

Goldberg angered many on the 1994 Democratic National Convention, stating: ‘I need to put Bush again the place it belongs, and I do not imply the White House’

Goldberg was unrepentant, declaring earlier than the shocked crowd: ‘I do not care in the event you do not prefer it. I do!’ 

Later, she stated she resented the criticism from individuals who did not even know her.

‘If they knew me, they’d know that Whoopi has by no means been about political correctness,’ she stated.

Perhaps the thrice-married actress’s most damaging second got here when she was invited to talk on the Democratic National Convention, in 2004, and made a crude joke about then-Republican President George W. Bush.

‘I like Bush, however anyone’s giving Bush a nasty identify,’ Goldberg instructed the viewers. 

‘I need to put Bush again the place it belongs, and I do not imply the White House. So you have to get on the market and vote.’

Goldberg was condemned for her remarks, and lost a profitable contract with Slim Fast.

She stated on the time she was stunned by the outrage. 

‘I’ve achieved materials on each president previously 20 years, from Reagan to Carter, from Clinton to Bush. It appears now that folks from the opposite aspect are utilizing this to additional their very own agenda,’ she stated.

The Manhattan-born performer discovered herself cast into the wilderness after her feedback, and has since stated she did not work for 5 years.

‘For an excellent three years, I could not even get arrested,’ she instructed The New York Times in 2019. 

‘Eventually I used to be fortunate sufficient to get a radio present, after which Barbara Walters requested if I might take into account doing ‘The View.”

Goldberg formally joined the present in August 2007, taking the slot vacated by Rosie O’Donnell.

The controversies saved coming – which, for the producers, regularly made the present must-watch TV. 

Goldberg additionally engaged in fiery feuds together with her co-stars and company.

In July 2018, Goldberg and Judge Jeanine Pirro had an astonishing screaming match reside on air, after Pirro appeared to recommend Goldberg suffered from ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome.’ 

Goldberg is seen with Judge Jeanine as a visitor, in a section that descended right into a livid row

Goldberg angrily replied: ‘Listen, I haven’t got ‘Trump Derangement’ — let me inform you what I’ve. 

‘I’m drained of individuals beginning a dialog with ‘Mexicans are liars and rapists.’

‘Listen, I’m 62 years outdated. There have been quite a bit of individuals in office that I did not agree with, however I’ve by no means, ever seen something like this. 

‘I’ve by no means seen anyone whip up such hate. I’ve by no means seen anyone be so dismissive. And clearly you do not watch the present, so you do not know that I do not undergo from that. 

‘What I undergo from is the shortcoming to determine easy methods to repair this.’

Goldberg additionally famously clashed with Meghan McCain, columnist who was a co-host from 2017-2021.

When McCain left the present, she accused Goldberg of making a ‘poisonous’ work surroundings.

Goldberg shrugged off her remarks. 

‘Alright,’ she stated. ‘You know, I’m making an attempt to get my leg and my hip proper,’ pointing to her cane.

‘I haven’t got time to consider something however myself.’