Whoopi Goldberg was forced on Thursday to retract a marriage “joke” she made on air about Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
In an embarrassing apology on The View Thursday, Goldberg suggested she might have to end the show she’s co-hosted since 2007 after receiving apparent backlash from ABC’s VIPs for “joking” that Graham was getting married.
Her comment came during a conversation with White House Press Secretary Karen-Jean-Pierre, in which he criticized South Carolina senator Jean-Pierre for calling for a nationwide abortion ban after 15 weeks.
“We have Lindsey Graham and Senator Graham and other GOP leaders who are saying, and they are very clear about this, people, we should listen to them that they want a national ban on abortions,” the White House press secretary told The View hosts.
She added: “Senator Graham said maybe about a month ago, early August, that he believes that when it comes to marriage, when it comes to abortion, it’s up to the states to decide.
“So, Senator Graham, what has changed?” “Well, maybe he’s going to get married,” asked Jean-Pierre, which Goldberg was deadlocked.
Then fellow awakened Joy Behar said she doubted that was the case, as the audience laughed and cheered.
Then Goldberg, 66, continued, “Do it fast, because I know people are toying with our rights to marry, wherever you are, wherever you are, you know.”
Whoopi Goldberg, 66, was forced to issue an embarrassing on-air apology for a ‘joke’ she made about Sean Lindsey Graham’s marriage
Liberals have suggested for years that Graham, who lives on The Bachelor for life, might be secretly gay. The senator is pictured here discussing the introduction of the Law to Protect Unborn Babies in Pain from Late Abortion last week
The comment comes after liberals have suggested for years that a lifelong bachelor may be secretly gay, with comedians like Bill Maher, John Steward and Patti LeBon making rude statements or implied references to his sexual orientation over the years.
Such conversations also spread on Twitter and other social media sites.
But when the show returned from a commercial hiatus, Goldberg looked confused, her face wrinkled as she told the audience she needed to make it clear that I was doing what I do as a comedian.
“Sometimes I make jokes, and that was a joke,” she said. ‘Nothing more than that.’
She then seemed to imply that the producers spoke to her during the break, saying, “I just had a whole conversation about people misunderstanding the joke.
“I mean okay,” Goldberg continued, while her colleagues laughed. I probably shouldn’t do this show again if that’s what happens.
“It was a joke, guys,” she concluded.
Goldberg doubled down on the fact that it was a joke after a commercial break
Her comments came after White House Press Secretary Karen Jean-Pierre asked what had changed to make the South Carolina senator change his tune on the abortion ban.
This is just the latest apology participants in the show have had to offer over the past few years.
In fact, earlier this year, Goldberg was suspended for two weeks after she claimed the Holocaust was “not about race.”
She said last February, “That’s white people doing it with white people, so you’re going to go fight amongst yourselves, but…”
Later, she continued: ‘Let’s be honest about that. The Holocaust is not about race. It’s not about race. It’s not about race. It’s not about race. It is about the cruelty of man to man. This is what it is about.
Only hours later, after a quick reaction, Goldberg sent an apology.
“On today’s programme, I said the Holocaust is ‘not about race, it’s about human brutality toward man.’ I should have said it’s about both,” she said.
As Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League put it, “The Holocaust was about the systematic extermination of the Jewish people — whom they considered an inferior race.”
‘I stand properly.
The Jewish people all over the world have always had my support and they will never give up. I’m sorry for the damage I caused.
Goldberg previously had to apologize for saying the Holocaust wasn’t about race
Recently, Sunny Houston was criticized for attacking former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, calling her a “chameleon” for insinuating that the former ambassador was not using her name, Nimrata, in an effort to woo Republican voters.
She was quickly labeled “racist” on Twitter, and many pointed to Nikki as Haley’s middle name – and Hostin doesn’t use her first name either.
By the afternoon, Hayley herself decided to talk about it.
The former South Carolina governor tweeted: ‘Thank you for your concern, Sunny’, claiming: ‘It’s racist of you to judge my name.
“Nikki is an Indian name and it’s on my birth certificate – and I’m proud of that,” she wrote. “Sad is the hypocrisy of the left toward conservative minorities.”
“By the way, the last time I checked Sunny isn’t your birth name…” Hailey added in her tweet to Hostin, who goes by the name Asunción Cummings Hostin.
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