Utter confusion unfolded on live television when co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro were abruptly asked to leave the set of The View on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19. The unexpected announcement happened as Joy Behar was preparing to welcome Vice President Kamala Harris to the stage for a live interview.
Before Harris joined the hosts, however, somebody off-camera asked Hostin and Navarro to “step off for a second.” While the audience and the remaining hosts looked on with confusion, having no idea why the women were being told to leave, Behar asked the producers if she should introduce Harris as planned. One of the executives replied with a “yes” before someone overrode the decision and said “no.”
Behar learned about her colleagues’ positive test results during a commercial break and explained the situation to the audience when the show returned minutes later.
“OK, since this is going to be a major news story any minute now, what happened is, Sunny and Ana both apparently tested positive for COVID,” she said. “No matter how hard we try, these things happen, they probably have a breakthrough case. They’re both vaccinated up the wazoo.”
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