Former Democratic US senator and comedian Al Franken offered a defense of suspended “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg, arguing her stage name is solid proof that she isn’t an anti-Semite.
“I know Whoopi. She’s not anti-Semitic. She chose ‘Goldberg’ for her last name for a stage name,” Franken said during a Wednesday appearance on CNN. “I think she gave a really fulsome and sincere apology. I think what she said wasn’t quite what she meant.”
Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson before adopting her new name.
ABC suspended the 66-year-old from her hosting duties for two weeks following a widely criticized segment on Monday’s broadcast in which she claimed the Holocaust was “not about race.”
Later that same day, Goldberg seemingly doubled down on her stance during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Goldberg apologized for the remarks on Twitter.
“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,” Goldberg tweeted.
“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver [sic]. I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused,” she added.
A source told The Post that Goldberg was “livid” about her suspension and was telling co-workers she may quit “The View” entirely.
Despite the messy situation, Franken commended “The View” for handling the fallout from Goldberg’s remarks.
“I thought it was great that they had the head of the Anti-Defamation League on,” Franken said. “I don’t know how they’ve handled other guests or hosts on that show before, but I was very taken with how sincere and fulsome the apology was.”
Franken resigned from his Senate seat in 2018 following allegations of sexual misconduct.