The View co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro, who was guest-hosting, were each escorted offstage during the mid-show Friday after they tested positive for the novel Wuhan coronavirus.
“Ana and Sunny have to leave,” announced co-host Joy Behar upon return from commercial break, as the two hosts were rushed offset. “And we’ll tell you why, we’ll tell you why in a couple minutes.”
The show went right back to commercial, “as we always do in television when we’re in a tight spot” Behar added.
When the show returned again, Behar announced Hostin and Navarro had tested positive for COVID just before the show’s in-studio interview with Vice President Kamala Harris.
“Since this is going to be a major news story any minute now, what happened is Sunny and Ana both apparently tested positive for COVID,” Behar said. “No matter how hard we try, these things happen. They probably have a breakthrough case and they’ll be okay I’m sure because they’re both vaccinated up the wazoo.”
Just before the segment featuring Navarro and Hostin being led offstage, the panel opened the show complaining about the unvaccinated, with a chyron which read, “Experts: vaccinated not as likely to spread COVID.”
Harris ultimately gave her interview remotely backstage, answering questions on the border crisis. The View’s Sara Haines went on to regurgitate the false media narrative of border agents “inhumanely corralling Haitians at the Texas border” after corporate outlets reported migrants were being whipped.
“How do you explain this?” Haines asked Harris.
“I’ve been very clear about the images you and I both saw of those law enforcement officials on horses,” Harris said, calling for “consequences and accountability” for the agents on horseback while connecting them to the horrors of slavery.
What the agents were actually doing, however, was using split reins in standard practice to keep control of the horses and prevent migrants from getting too close underfoot, protecting migrants, horses, and the agents themselves.
“We’ve got to do more, no question… Haiti is our neighbor.” pic.twitter.com/ao61DG9zH3
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