ABC News said Goldberg will be off the air for two weeks after his “misguided and hurtful comments.”
The actress and TV personality told ABC’s The View that the Nazi genocide of Jews was “not about race.”
She apologized but then caused further offense by attempting to explain her remarks on a late night show.
In a memo to staff on Tuesday evening, ABC News President Kim Godwin wrote, “Effective today, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her inaccurate and hurtful comments.
“Although Whoopi apologized, I asked him to take the time to reflect and educate himself on the impact of his comments.
“The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities.”
“These decisions are never easy, but necessary,” she added in the memo, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
“Last week, I noticed that the culture at ABC News is one that is driven, kind, inclusive, respectful, and transparent. Whoopi’s comments don’t align with those values.”
Earlier Tuesday, Goldberg issued his third public apology.
“Yesterday on the show, I misspoke,” she said at the start of the talk show.
“[The Holocaust] is indeed a matter of race, as Hitler and the Nazis viewed the Jews as an inferior race.
“Now words matter, and mine are no exception. I regret my comments and am corrected. I stand with the Jewish people as well.”
The 66-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who has been on The View since 2007, first made the controversial comments on Monday’s show as she discussed a Tennessee school board’s ban on a novel graphic about the Holocaust on the grounds that it showed nudity, blasphemy and suicide.
Amid the uproar, she posted an apology hours later.
But on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night, while trying to clarify her comments, she said the Nazis lied and in fact had issues of ethnicity, not race, which caused further offense. .
This isn’t the first time Goldberg has sparked controversy.
She said in 2009 that director Roman Polanksi — who pleaded guilty to “illegal sexual intercourse with a minor” in 1977 — was not guilty of “rape-rape”.
She also defended Bill Cosby as he faced sexual assault charges, before backtracking in the middle of a hit.
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