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The View hosts pulled off panel LIVE on air after testing positive for COVID


The View hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro were dramatically pulled off air during a live broadcast after testing positive for COVID Friday morning just before an interview with Vice President Kamala Harris

Hostin and Navarro were broadcasting from ABC’s New York City studios, where they were scheduled to sit down with Harris in her first daytime appearance as VP. 

But the pair were dramatically ordered off set seconds before Harris walked out on stage, leaving producers scrambling. 

An employee of The View was heard yelling at both Hostin and Navarro, ordering them out as co-hosts Joy Behar and Sara Haines remained on stage. 

The show quickly cut to commercial, before Behar later explained that her co-stars had returned positive results from a last-minute test.   

‘Sunny and Ana both apparently tested positive for COVID. No matter how hard we try, these things happen,’ Behar stated. 

‘They probably have a breakthrough case and they will both be okay, I’m sure, because they are both vaccinated’.

A spokesperson from the Vice President’s Office told DailyMail.com: ‘The Vice President did not have contact with the hosts before the show. Her schedule today will continue as planned.’

The VP is expected to fly back to Washington DC this afternoon, where she will meet with the Prime Ministers of Australia, India and Japan. It is unclear when she will next see President Joe Biden face-to-face. 

The View hosts Sunny Hostin (second right) and Ana Navarro (far right) were dramatically ordered off set after testing positive for COVID ahead of an interview with Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday

The pair were dramatically ordered off set seconds before Harris walked out in front of a live audience, leaving producers scrambling

The pair were dramatically ordered off set seconds before Harris walked out in front of a live audience, leaving producers scrambling

A producer yelled at the co-hosts, ordering them to leave the stage just seconds before Harris was set to be introduced 

After news of Hostin and Navarro’s positive diagnoses, The View’s interview with Harris was delayed, causing chaos on the show. Behar began asking audience questions in a bid to kill time.  

‘Vice President Harris apparently is waiting backstage. Behar now taking questions from the audience. An absolute train wreck,’ The Hill columnist Joe Concha tweeted. 

Harris’ interview eventually went ahead, however she did not come out to the stag. The Vice President instead conducted her interview with Behar and Haines via video link from a room elsewhere at the ABC studios. 

The interview was supposed to take up a majority of the show, but was instead reduced to around 10 minutes.  

Harris addressed the COVID saga at the beginning of her chat, stating: ‘Sunny [Hostin] and Ana [Navarro] are strong women and I know they’re fine, but it really also does speak to the fact that they’re vaccinated and vaccines really make all the difference because otherwise we would be concerned about hospitalization and worse.’  

Harris did not come out to the stage, instead conducting her interview with Behar and Haines via video link from a room elsewhere at the ABC studios

Harris did not come out to the stage, instead conducting her interview with Behar and Haines via video link from a room elsewhere at the ABC studios

She was subsequently answered a series of softball questions about the ongoing pandemic, the current immigration crisis at the border and the exit from Afghanistan.  

It’s unclear why ABC’s COVID testing results were received at the 11th hour. It’s also unclear how frequently Hostin and Navarro had been tested for the virus in recent days.

The interview with VP Harris had long been in the works and had been vigorously promoted by the network in recent days.  

DailyMail.com has reached out to the network for comment.  

Meanwhile, viewers appeared bemused by the broadcast blunder, with several right-wing pundits tweeting their glee. 

 ‘Two hosts (vaccinated) on @TheView were rushed off stage during the show after testing positive for COVID-19, following their self-righteous condemnation of the unvaccinated. You can’t make it up,’ Madison Gesiotto Gilbert wrote. 

Tomi Lahren chimed in: ‘Wait wait WHAT?! These women on @TheView just get done preaching about COVID and health and safety and how bad the unvaccinated are and no sh*t in the commercial break 2 of them have to leave because they have…wait for it…COVID!’

She added: ‘Well apparently the super health cautious ladies of @TheView may be the super spreaders they lecture you about!’  



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