Whoopi Goldberg is back!
The favorited cohost has returned to her seat on The View after receiving a two-week suspension for making insensitive remarks about the Holocaust earlier this month.
The 66-year-old TV personality ignited controversy on a previous episode of the daytime show after claiming the Holocaust was "not about race" during a conversation with her fellow cohosts. Following heavy amounts of backlash, Goldberg issued an apology — but was still sidelined from the show for two weeks.
The Color Purple actress made her return for the Monday, February 14, episode, where she addressed the recent controversy and the reflection she did during her time away.
"Hello, hello, hello and welcome to The View," Goldberg stated in the opening of Monday's episode, per People. "I got to tell you, there's something kind of marvelous about being on a show like this because we are The View and this is what we do. Sometimes we don't do this as eloquently as we could."
"It's five minutes to get important information about topics and that's what we try to do every day," she continued. "I want to thank everybody who reached out while I was away. People reached out from places that made me go, 'Wait, what, what, really?' And it was amazing."
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"I listened to everything everybody had to say and I was very grateful and I hope it keeps all the important conversations happening because we're going to keep having tough conversations. And in part, because this is what we were hired to do," Goldberg reportedly maintained. "It's not always pretty as I said and it's not always what other people would like to hear, but it's an honor to sit at the table and be able to have these conversations because they're important. They're important to us as a nation and important to us more as a human entity."
"So Happy Valentine's Day, y'all and we're going to get started because that's what we do," she added.
As OK! previously reported, Goldberg's suspension was announced on Tuesday, February 1, by ABC President Kim Godwin, who claimed the Sister Act star needed time to think about her statements before returning to the show.
"While Whoopi has apologized, I've asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments," Godwin stated. "The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities."