A hotly-anticipated interview with Vice President Kamala Harris turned to chaos after two co-hosts on ABC’s ‘The View’ were pulled off air after testing positive for Covid. The shock revelation came moments before Harris was due on set for her “first in-studio talk show appearance since taking office.”
Speaking to co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro, a producer said: “I need the two of you to step off for a second.”
In an attempt to fill airtime, the remaining hosts, Joy Behar and Sara Haines, started taking audience questions.
“Okay, so, for those of you who are just tuning in, we’re both sitting here now because Ana and Sunny, at the last minute we realized that they tested positive for Covid. They’ve been taken off the show,” Behar said, after stating that the tables had been sanitised and confirming the missing co-hosts were both fully vaccinated.
BREAKING: Sunny and Ana have been asked to leave the ABC studio because they tested positive for COVID.#TheView pic.twitter.com/DMIYrjHjid
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The Vice President still made an appearance in the show after producers moved her to a different studio in the ABC building. “I hope that you’re in a safe spot right now. We did everything we could to make sure that you were safe because we value you so much,” Behar told Harris.
In a pledge to get the vaccine, Harris said: “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.”
“Folks need to get vaccinated,” she added.
A White House official told NBC News that Harris “had no contact with hosts prior to the show.”
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