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Whoopi Goldberg Threatens To Quit ‘The View’ After Joke Gets Hammered

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Actress, comedian, and cohost of “The View” was in some hot water this week after making a homophobic quip about South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

It happened on Thursday when White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was on the show and began speaking about the senator.

“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,” the press secretary said during an appearance on the show.

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“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?” the press secretary said before Goldberg responded “Well, maybe he’s getting married.”

A popular rumor among some liberals is that the South Carolina senator is gay.

“Do it quick, because I know people are fooling around with our marriage rights, whoever, wherever you stand, you know,” the cohost said.

When the show came back from commercial, Goldberg, who appeared to be flustered, said she “to make clear that I was doing what I do as a comic.

“Sometimes I make jokes, and it was a joke,” the host said. “Nothing more than that.”

But then she appeared to be miffed and suggested that she spoke to producers during the break and said “I just got a whole conversation about people misunderstanding the joke.

“I mean OK,” she said. “I should probably never do this show again if this is what it’s coming to.

“It was a joke, guys, you know,” she said.

Goldberg is no stranger to controversy. At the start of the year she was mired in controversy regarding antisemitic comments and was suspended from “The View.”

In an exclusive, The Daily Mail reported that Goldberg has a tenuous history with the Jewish community and even submitted a recipe to a cookbook that contained a derogatory reference to Jewish women.

Whoopi Goldberg’s suspension from The View this week is the pinnacle of a years-long habit of making off-color remarks about Jewish people that includes a recipe she wrote for a celebrity cookbook in the 1990s called ‘Jewish American Princess Fried Chicken’, DailyMail.com can reveal.

In 1993, Goldberg – whose real name is Caryn Johnson – submitted the recipe to Cooking in The Litchfield Hills, a charity cookbook comprised of recipes from the well-heeled residents of the leafy Connecticut suburb. 

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DailyMail.com exclusively obtained a copy of the long-forgotten cookbook, where Whoopi’s recipe mocking Jewish-American women glaringly stands out amongst friendlier submissions like legend Diane Sawyer’s ‘roasted potato skins with scallion dip’, the late Eartha Kitt’s ‘summer zucchini soup with nasturtium blossoms’ and Oscar de la Renta’s ‘fresh pumpkin and crab soup’. 

“Send chauffeur to your favorite butcher shop for the chicken (save the brown paper bag). Have your cook 1) Melt equal parts oil and butter 3/4 deep in skillet over moderate heat,” her recipe reads.

“2) Put flour, seasoned with remaining ingredients, into brown paper bag. 3) Rinse chicken parts and place in bag.

“Then you tightly close top of bag (watch your nails) and shake 10 times,” it said.

“Hand bag to Cook, go dress for dinner. While you dress, have Cook preheat oven to 350 degrees and brown chicken slowly in skillet. When evenly browned, have Cook place chicken in dish in oven. Have Cook prepare rest of meal while you touch up your makeup.

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“In about half an hour, voila! Dinner is served! You must be exhausted,” she said.

The Anti-Defamation League chastised her for the recipe.

“It’s a lousy recipe with insensitive and anti-Semitic ingredients.  Whoopi should know better,” the group said.

“She needs some sensitivity training, unfortunately. The good people who published it need some sensitivity training too,” they said.

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Reports said that Goldberg was furious with her suspension from “The View” and considered quitting the show.

ABC News President Kim Godwin said that Goldberg would be suspended for “her wrong and hurtful comments” about the Holocaust, where she claimed the Holocaust was “not about race.”

“While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments,” Godwin said. “The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family, and communities.”

According to the New York Post, Goldberg was  upset about her suspension and felt “humiliated.”

“She feels ABC executives mishandled this. She followed their playbook. She went on ‘The Late Show With Steven Colbert’ and then apologized again on ‘The View’ the next day,” a source reportedly told the Post. “Her ego has been hurt and she’s telling people she’s going to quit. Suspension from ‘The View’ is like getting suspended from Bravo. The bar is very low.”

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