‘The View’: Ana Navarro, Sunny Hostin Forced to Walk out Live Show After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin never expected what was going to happen on The View on Friday, September 24. The co-hosts were ready to welcome sitting Vice President Kamala Harris to the set for an exclusive interview. However, things went haywire when inexplicably production asked Navarro and Hostin to leave the show during the live broadcast. Joy Behar would go on to say that it was due to both political commentators testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin smiling on the set of 'The View' in 2019
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A rundown of what happened on ‘The View’

The View had been promoting an in-person interview with VP Harris for Friday, which would be an exclusive interview. Harris was to sit down with the panel to discuss her first year working with President Joe Biden. The show started out with a “Hot Topics” segment discussing the latest news and after the first block, Harris would join the co-hosts.

However, when the show returned from commercial breaks, things already seemed messy. There was something seemingly going on behind the scenes and Behar addressed it on-camera as there was a lot of commotion.

“There seems to be something happening here that I’m not 100 percent aware of,” Behar said. “Can someone please apprise me of the situation?”

Navarro and Hostin were asked to leave the set and cameras showed when both hosts got up from the table to go backstage. Behar would announce another commercial break and upon their return, only the comedian and Sara Haines were at the table.

“Since this is going to be a major news story any minute now, what happened is that Sunny and Ana apparently tested positive for COVID,” Behar announced. “No matter how hard we try, these things happen. They probably had a breakthrough case and they’ll be OK, I’m sure, because they’re both vaccinated.”

What happened to Kamala Harris?

Harris was already in the building and ready to be interviewed. Out of precaution for the health of the Vice President of the United States, The View was forced to scramble. To fill up the time as production rearranged things for Harris, Behar and Haines took questions from the audience in the studio.

In the meantime, production was setting up another area within the studio to have Harris remotely interviewed and not have her compromise after the COVID-19 scare. Most of the hour went to Behar and Haines answering questions from the public. One member of the audience even asked the two hosts how they felt.

“We got an adrenaline rush because we know that we have to think on our feet,” Behar said. “I have many years of experience thinking on my feet. I was a standup comedian for many years.”


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It was during the last block of the show that Harris finally made an appearance remotely and acknowledged all the drama in the studio.

“Sunny and Ana are strong women and I know they’re fine, but it really also does speak to the fact that they’re vaccinated,” Harris said. “Vaccines really make all the difference because otherwise, we would be concerned about hospitalization and worse.”

The View airs weekday mornings at 11 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. CT/PT on ABC.