The View took an unexpected turn Friday when Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro were removed from set on live TV after testing positive for COVID-19.
The unusual moment happened just before Vice President Kamala Harris was scheduled to be interviewed on the ABC talk show. Remaining co-hosts Joy Behar and Sara Haines weren’t sure what to do next.
“Shall I introduce the vice president?” Behar asked. She was told “yes” by a producer before someone else yelled “no!” A confused Behar quipped, “Shall we dance? Let’s do a tap dance,” before tossing to break.
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Behar and Haines were forced to take questions from the studio audience as the crew worked to reformat the show.
Harris had flown to New York City for her interview, which was widely promoted throughout the week. Instead of taking a seat at The View table, she later joined the show remotely.
Earlier this week, ABC said in a press release Harris would appear in-studio to discuss the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the pandemic on women in the workforce, as well as issues surrounding Afghanistan, immigration and voting rights.
Both Navarro and Hostin are fully vaccinated and contracted breakthrough cases. “These things happen,” Behar said.
In an update, Navarro posted a video on Instagram Saturday and revealed the results that caused the chaos were false positives.
“Obviously what happened yesterday was a false positive, a very public, a very inopportune, a very melodramatic false positive. But fortunately we now tested three times. All three have been negative,” she said in the video and also thanked everyone for their support and well wishes.