Whoopi Goldberg apologises for using Romani slur on TV show

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Whoopi Goldberg has apologised after using a racial slur during a talk show appearance.

Discussing Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election on episode of ABC’s The View, the TV host and actor referenced “people who still believe that he got, you know, gypped somehow”.

Believed to be derived from “gypsy”, the word is considered derogatory towards Romani people due to its negative connotations.

In a video posted on Twitter, Goldberg said “I should’ve said ‘cheated’, but I used another word, and I’m really, really sorry”.

“You know, when you’re a certain age, you use the words that you know from when you were a kid or you remember saying, and that’s what I did today, and I shouldn’t have.”

Last year, Goldberg was suspended from The View after saying the Holocaust was not about race.

She apologised for the comments that were described by others as “devastating” and “dangerous”.

Goldberg had said: “Let’s be truthful – the Holocaust isn’t about race.

“It’s about man’s inhumanity to man – that’s what it’s about.”

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When one of her co-hosts said the Holocaust was “about white supremacy”, Goldberg replied: “But these are two white groups of people.

“You’re missing the point. The minute you turn it into race, it goes down this alley.

“Let’s talk about it for what it is – it’s how people treat each other. It’s a problem.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, because black, white, Jews… everybody eats each other.”

Her words prompted a furious reaction, with criticism from Jewish organisations and others.

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