TV chaos erupts on The View as hosts removed from set live on-air before US VP appearance

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On-air TV chaos erupted this week on US talk show The View in what one network insider described as a “national security scare”. Co-hosts Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin were removed from the set during a live broadcaster just moments before vice-president Kamala Harris was scheduled to appear in-person. It was later revealed on the programme that the two hosts had contracted Covid, throwing the planned interview with the vice-president into disarray.

Vice-president Harris’s planned in-person appearance was delayed and eventually took place remotely in the last segment of the show – with an interview that only lasted eight minutes.

Ms Navarro and Ms Hostin came out at the start of the show but after coming back from a break, co-host Joy Behar said: “There seems to be something happening here that I’m not 100 percent aware of.”

At this point, in a dramatic televised moment, producers asked the pair to leave the set immediately.

During an impromptu commercial break, the set was disinfected, as co-host Joy Behar scrambled to explain the situation to the viewers.

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She said: “Sunny and Ana apparently tested positive for Covid.

“No matter how hard we try these things happen. They probably have a breakthrough case.

“They will be OK I am sure because they are both vaccinated.”

Ms Behar acknowledged that the on-air removal was “going to be a major news story any minute now”.

Dr Saju Mathew, a medical specialist, told CNN: “This could have been a close call for the VP.

“I think the ball was dropped somewhere. How did these anchors not know about their test beforehand?”

A White House official said Ms Harris didn’t interact with either of the hosts, according to CNN.

One ABC insider told that it was a “monumental failure”.

The anonymous insider said: “This is a national security risk. Had Sunny and Ana actually met Kamala, she would’ve been at risk.

“What an utter waste of her time. I doubt we’ll be able to book her again.”

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