Kamala Harris’s planned in-person appearance on The View has been delayed after two of the show’s hosts tested positive for coronavirus.
Moments before the vice-president was supposed to appear on Friday, it was announced that hosts Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin had contracted Covid.
Navarro and Hostin, who are both fully vaccinated, had been present for the show’s segment “Hot Topics” at the beginning of the program, but were asked to leave the set in light of their positive test. During an unplanned commercial break, the set was disinfected, co-host Joy Behar confirmed during the shuffle.
“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,” said Behar.
What was supposed to be Harris’s first in-studio appearance on the show since becoming vice-president was conducted remotely. Behar and co-host Sara Haines took questions from the audience as Harris transitioned into a room inside the studio to conduct the interview.
“The Secret Service is doing things to make her feel safe,” Behar said.
During the impromptu audience question-and-answer portion, Behar and Haines confirmed they were shaken. When asked by an audience member what was going through their minds, Haines responded with a laugh, answering: “What. Il. Heck.”
Harris remarked on the Covid situation in her interview, saying that because Navarro and Hostin were vaccinated, their risk of being hospitalized was very low.
“Sunny [Hostin] and Ana [Navarro] 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,” said Harris.