After ABC announced on Tuesday, February 1, that they would be repremanding the Sister Act star, 66, by suspending her for two weeks without pay after she stated during a live broadcast that the Holocaust was ‘not about race," — Goldberg has reportedly been "livid" by network head Kim Godwin's decison.
“If ABC were going to fire her she would have been fired by now. Instead, they suspended Whoopi giving everyone a two-week cooling-off period because the last thing the show wants right now is to be looking to find a replacement for Whoopi and Meghan McCain whose seat still remains empty at the table,” a source revealed to Radar.
The harsh punishment has now allegedly made Goldberg take matters into her own hands. “Whoopi is livid. She is a proud woman who has an Oscar. She doesn’t need this sh**," the insider stated. "ABC bowed down to outside pressure and humiliated Whoopi. They kicked her when she is down rather than having her back. The question is, does Whoopi even want to return to the show? At the moment that answer is ‘no."
"This could have been a teachable moment. A 24-hour news story, but now ABC has made it much bigger with the suspension," the source added of the sudden change.
The Oscar Award winning actress issued an apology during her late night appearance explaining, "Yesterday on the show I misspoke. [The Holocaust] is indeed about race, because Hitler and the Nazis considered the Jews to be an inferior race. Now, words matter, and mine are no exception. I regret my comments and I stand corrected. I also stand with the Jewish people.”
Despite her apology, ABC staffers are reportedly pleased with the move to punish the Hollywood star after there being a "free for all" environment for the daytime show's veteran's Goldberg and Joy Behar.
"After Barbara it became a free for all and Whoopi and Joy could do and say whatever they wanted. This is now coming to an end. Kim is drawing a line in the sand for all staff across ABC News and is attempting to build a corporate culture based on truth, facts, accountability and kindness."
The source added that this bold action has set the new tone for the culture of the company moving forward. "Kim is drawing a line in the sand for all staff across ABC News and is attempting to build a corporate culture based on truth, facts, accountability and kindness," the insider revealed.
As OK! previously reported, Godwin made her stance on Goldberg's comments clear in her statement announcing her enforced hiatus. "While Whoopi has apologized, I've asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments," she wrote.
"The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities," the exec clarified to the public.