Whoopi Goldberg has threatened to quit the controversial ABC show “The View” after her joke about Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) backfired.
The show’s co-hosts were joined by guest White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and the conversation turned to abortion.
“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,” Jean-Pierre said.
“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 then made a joke that insinuated Graham is gay.
“Well, maybe he’s getting married,” Goldberg said.
“Do it quick, ’cause I know people are fooling around with our marriage rights, whoever, wherever you stand.”
After the commercial break, Goldberg was forced to walk back her comments.
“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,” Goldberg said, suggesting she received a dressing down from the show’s producers.
“I mean, okay?
“I should probably never do this show again if this is what it’s coming to,” she threatened.
“No, it was a joke, guys.”
Goldberg was previously suspended for two weeks earlier after she said the Holocaust “isn’t about race.”
“This is white people doing it to white people so y’all go fight amongst yourselves but…,” she said.
“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, saying:
“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.”