Whoopi Goldberg is weighing on the controversy surrounding Liam Neeson.
The actor recently revealed in an interview with the Independent that he once sought revenge on a “black b*****d” after learning someone close to him had been raped.
Neeson later went on “Good Morning America” to apologize and discuss his state of mind at the time.
On “The View” this week, the co-hosts shared their varying opinions on the controversy.
“People walk around sometimes with rage,” Goldberg said. “That’s what happens. Is he a bigot? No, I’ve known him a long time, I think I would have recognized. I’ve been around a lot of real bigots. So I can say this man is not one.”
Goldberg then pointed to another famous case from the ’80s of racist vigilantism: “We’ve seen this in other people, and perhaps in ourselves. So you can’t be surprised that somebody whose loved one is attacked is angry and wants to attack.”
She continued, “What he did go on to say… is that he realized that it was too dark for him, he went, and got himself help.”
On Thursday, Neeson was scheduled to appear on Global’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, but he cancelled.