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 DailyMail.com 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.”