Whoopi ALWAYS seems to give the benefit of the doubt to the accused in these situations. She's said similar things on the show concerning men accused of sexual assault. I think the most recent example was her siding with Matt Lauer's criticism of Ronan Farrow's reporting. Lauer made a few dubious claims and Whoopi was ready to throw the baby out with the bath water like none of the sexual assault allegations were true.
I like Whoopi, but some of these opinions really disgust me. Maybe she's not articulating things properly, but it really comes off like she sides with the accused because she knows them personally or is skeptical about the accusations in general.
I'm beyond ready for Whoopi to be off the show. She's not a good moderator and her opinions are sketchy and poorly stated.
Edit: Ugh, reading more about Fedida and it's really really bad and makes Whoopi's comments that much more terrible. Does she dislike Sunny that much that she's willing to give the benefit of the doubt here despite Fedida's pervasive well-documented history of racism and other problematic behavior? The network paid out millions in settlements due to her conduct. There really isn't an other side argument to make here.
Details about the settlements, well-documented complaints like calling women in the workplace "c**ts" and actively working against diversity and inclusion initiatives are here: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/abc-news-toxicity-thrives_n_5ee3db80c5b684a0c4f2e297?wfx
I don't understand why these companies would choose to pay millions in settlements as opposed to getting rid of the racist/problem employee? It makes no sense. No one is that good at their job to justify this.