Talk about a jam-packed episode! On Sept. 23rd's episode of TheView, the live audience, as well as the show's guests for the day, learned some surprising news about two of the hosts.
During the episode's live taping, producers asked Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro to exit the stage. The View's longtime host Joy Behar then revealed that her co-hosts had tested positive for COVID-19. While testing positive for COVID-19 is never good news, Sunny and Ana's diagnosis came at a very inconvenient time, as The View had a special guest interview with Vice President Kamala Harris scheduled.
'The View' hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro tested positive for COVID-19 right before Vice President Kamala Harris arrived.
CNN chief media correspondent, Brian Stelter, took to Twitter to recap the chaotic scene that unfolded that morning at ABC studios, where The View is filmed:
Jezebel editor-in-chief Laura Bassett also tweeted about the debacle, saying "Uhhhh Kamala Harris was about to come out on The View and two of the hosts just tested positive for COVID-19 in the middle of the show and had to leave the stage... What a freaking mess."
As the talk show scrambled to draw up a new game plan, Joy Behar, alongside co-host Sara Haines, filled the fully-masked audience in on what was happening with her castmates. "They'll be OK, I'm sure because both Sunny and Ana are vaccinated," she told audiences, noting that they were, in fact, breakthrough cases. Joy also announced that everything would be getting cleaned for Vice President Harris's interview.
Vice President Kamala Harris used this unfortunate incident to urge Americans to get vaccinated.
Fortunately, Vice President Harris was understanding and continued to appear on the show. In order to adhere to safety precautions, she was interviewed in a private room and did not take to the main stage. During the interview, she touched on Sunny and Ana's test results.
"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 and vaccines really make all the difference because otherwise we would be concerned about hospitalization and worse," Vice President Harris said.
She also used her time on-air to discuss address another crisis: The U.S. Border Patrol agents who were seen whipping Haitian migrants via horseback at the U.S.-Mexico border. "We’ve got to do more, no question ... Haiti is our neighbor," she said.
While COVID-19 breakthrough cases are still considered to be rare, they have increased due to the Delta variant. Yet the risk of infection, hospitalization, and death remain much lower in vaccinated people compared to unvaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You can also watch The View's entire interview with Vice President Kamala Harris below:
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