Piers Morgan defends Sharon Osbourne following Whoopi Goldberg's Holocaust comments

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Piers Morgan (R) and Sharon Osbourne attend NBC's
Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne at NBC's America's Got Talent season finale at CBS Studios in Los Angeles in September 2011. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Piers Morgan has blasted Whoopi Goldberg’s controversial comments about the Holocaust and questioned if she will "lose her job" like his friend Sharon Osbourne did following her own race row.

Goldberg, 66, sparked outrage on Monday when she claimed on US talk show The View that the Holocaust "wasn't about race" but instead about "man's inhumanity to man".

The Oscar-winner made the claims, which she has since apologised for, during a discussion with her co-hosts Joy Behar, Sara Haines and Ana Navarro about a Tennessee school board choosing to ban Maus, a graphic novel about the Holocaust.

Reacting to Goldberg's statement, Morgan tweeted: "WTF? This is insane. The extermination of 6 million Jews wasn’t about race???"

Watch: Whoopi Goldberg draws criticism for Holocaust comments

Referring to Neil Young and Joni Mitchell's boycott of Spotify over COVID disinformation, a move then followed up by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, he added: "Will any rock stars or renegade royals now boycott Whoopi Goldberg and/or ABC for this dangerous misinformation?"

Morgan then tweeted: "Sharon Osbourne was fired from The Talk for defending me against a fake charge of racism.

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“Whoopi Goldberg said on The View yesterday that the Holocaust 'wasn't about race', which for Jewish people is about as racist a comment as anyone could make. Bet she doesn't lose her job."

Last year, Osbourne made a dramatic exit from US chat show The Talk following a heated dispute with co-host Sherri Shepherd live on-air during which she defended Morgan’s remarks about Meghan Markle’s televised interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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Indeed, there has been strong outrage following Goldberg’s statements after she said: "Let's be truthful about it because the Holocaust isn’t about race. No. It’s not about race."

When her co-hosts countered Goldberg’s argument, the Sister Act star doubled down and added: "But you’re missing the point! 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. That’s the problem."

The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg at Edinburgh TV Fest (PA)
Whoopi Goldberg at Edinburgh TV Fest. (PA)

She added: "It doesn’t matter if you are Black or white because Black, white, Jews, Italians, everybody eats each other. So is it – if you are uncomfortable if you hear about Maus, should you be worried – should your child say, ‘Oh my God, I wonder if that’s me?’

"No. That’s not what they’re going to say. They’re going to say, ‘I don’t want to be like that.’”

As the episode then went to a commercial, Goldberg repeated: “To learn about man’s inhumanity to man, however it exposes itself.”

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Following the immediate wave of backlash, Goldberg released a statement to apologise for her incorrect statement and to take accountability for her error.

"I should have said it is about both," she wrote. "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.

"The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver. I'm sorry for the hurt I have caused."

Watch: Whoopi Goldberg apologises after claiming Holocaust 'isn't about race'