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COVID-Positive Co-Hosts of ‘The View’ Yanked Off Set Ahead of Interview With Harris

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A pair of co-hosts on ABC’s “The View” were found to have tested positive for COVID-19 and were immediately removed from the set just moments before Vice President Kamala Harris was to make a live appearance, multiple reports confirmed on Friday.

Co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro were”dramatically pulled off the air during a live broadcast after testing positive” for the virus ahead of the VP’s appearance, the Daily Mail reported.

“An employee of The View was heard yelling at both Hostin and Navarro, ordering them out as co-hosts Joy Behar and Sara Haines remained on stage,” the outlet continued.

Immediately afterward, the show went to commercial; later, Behar explained that both of her fellow co-hosts returned positive COVID results as part of a last-minute test that was likely tied to the VP’s appearance.

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“Sunny and Ana both apparently tested positive for COVID. No matter how hard we try, these things happen,” Behar said. “They probably have a breakthrough case and they will both be okay, I’m sure because they are both vaccinated.”

Harris has also been vaccinated for the virus with two doses of the Moderna jab.

A spokesperson from Harris’ office told the Daily Mail the vice president “did not meet with the hosts prior to the interview.”

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CNN adds:

The tables were cleaned and disinfected after they left the set, Behar said, who continued hosting the show on set with her co-host Sara Haines. Behar said Hostin and Navarro were both fully vaccinated.

“I hope that you’re in a safe spot right now. We did everything we could to make sure that you were safe because we value you so much,” Behar told Harris as the interview began.

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“Thank you, Joy, and to everyone. Listen, Sunny and Ana 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 do make all the difference. Because otherwise, we would be concerned about hospitalization or worse,” Harris said.

She went on to call on all Americans to do what she believes is the responsible thing and take a COVID vaccine.

“I’ve been watching, like many of you, with heartache, with the videos of people who are in an ICU bed, who did not get vaccinated, pleading with their family members, ‘please get vaccinated,'” Harris continued.

You know, when I think of it in the context of any one of us who have had these awful experiences of holding the hands of a loved one who is in an ICU bed, or is near death-like, don’t put your families through that. The vaccine is free. It is safe, and it will save your life. So folks just need to get vaccinated,” Harris continued.

The incident was reported on social media, with The Hill media analyst Joe Concha tweeting, “Vice President Harris apparently is waiting backstage. Behar now taking questions from the audience. An absolute train wreck.”

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President Joe Biden has also been encouraging Americans who have not yet been vaccinated to do so, ordering private companies with more than 100 employees to require their workers to get the jab earlier this month.

“It will take a lot of hard work, and it’s going to take some time.  Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated, even though the vaccine is safe, effective, and free,” he said during a nationwide address on Sept. 9.

“This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.  And it’s caused by the fact that despite America having an unprecedented and successful vaccination program, despite the fact that for almost five months free vaccines have been available in 80,000 different locations, we still have nearly 80 million Americans who have failed to get the shot,” he added.

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