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Covid-19 panic at The View ahead of Kamala Harris’ appearance sees two hosts yanked off live on air

Covid-19 panic at The View ahead of Kamala Harris’ appearance sees two hosts yanked off live on air
The View’s Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro were told they had tested positive for Covid-19 just moments before they were due to interview US Vice President Kamala Harris, leaving their co-hosts mired in awkwardness and confusion.

A production assistant stepped in to request that Navarro and Hostin “step off for a second” just after the ABC talk show went out live on Friday and co-host Joy Behar was to introduce special guest Harris.

Sunny and Ana both apparently tested positive for Covid. No matter how hard we try, these things happen. They probably have a breakthrough case and they’ll be OK, I’m sure, because they’re both vaccinated up the wazoo – you know, a lot of vaccines,” Behar improvised, another assistant having stopped her in mid-flow as she was about to introduce the vice president.

Shall we dance? Let’s do a tap dance.

Deprived of their guest, Behar and her remaining co-host Sara Haines began taking questions from the audience, with Behar revealing she likes to make up “X-rated” parody songs and Haines claiming she could walk on her hands “but not in this dress.

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Their awkwardness was compounded by the ironic chyron that had introduced the doomed segment, boasting that “experts” were claiming “vaccinated not as likely to spread Covid.” That claim represents a change from the line taken in previous Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statements that both vaccinated and unvaccinated groups carried the same viral load.

Viewers were transfixed by the televised train wreck. Some wondered what had happened to the famed Covid scolds’ vaunted viral virtue, now they were the ones infected.

Others saw it as karmic retribution.

Behar ultimately interviewed Harris remotely, the VP praising the nation’s vaccination effort from an undisclosed location elsewhere in the ABC building, calling the Covid-stricken pair “strong women” and expressing her relief that they’d been double-jabbed, “otherwise we’d be concerned about hospitalization or worse.”

While much has been made by US health authorities about a so-called “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” breakthrough infections among those who’ve received their shots accounted for 14,000 hospitalizations and deaths as of September 7, according to CDC data.

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