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On Friday, we reported that chaos ensued on the ABC talk show “The View” when co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro were pulled from the program on live television after being told that they had tested positive for COVID-19.

The wild drama came just moments before they were set to interview Vice President Kamala Harris, who was present and backstage in the same building as the infected hosts.

Check out the chaotic moment below:

Full Story: View Hosts Test Positive For COVID Mid-Show

On Monday, “The View” apologized to Hostin and Navarro, as their co-host Joy Behar revealed that the tests were actually false positives. Neither woman had been infected with coronavirus. 

“This is the update: We were all given numerous, numerous COVID tests,” Behar began, with her co-host Sara Haines quipping, “My nostrils are so sensitive.” 

“I am thrilled to report that Sunny and Ana’s Friday results turned out to be false positives, and everyone is safe, healthy and COVID-free,” Behar continued, according to People Magazine. “No one’s got it. It was a mistake of some sort.” 

Executive Producer Speaks Out

Executive producer Brian Teta then came on to apologize to Hostin and Navarro for what happened.

“It was just an unbelievable set of circumstances, and we found out moments before we came back on the air,” he said. “And in that moment, all I could think of was that we had to keep the hosts safe, and we had to keep the vice president safe — she could not walk out no matter what.”

“And that led to some really awkward television that I’d like to have back if I could, but I really want to acknowledge and apologize to Sunny and Ana, because in the midst of all this chaos, they were put in this position where they had this information put out on television,” Teta added.

“It was unfortunate that mistakes were made, but I can confidently say that we have very vigorous safety protocols, that everyone is regularly tested, and I’m just so relieved that you guys are healthy, that everyone is healthy and nobody was ever in danger,” the executive producer concluded.

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Hostin And Navarro Speak Out

Hostin and Navarro then came on to talk about what this experience was like for them, with the former thanking fans for  “outpouring of love and support,” but also noting that the situation was “uncomfortable” for her. 

“It was really uncomfortable for my results to be released publicly before I even knew what was going on, before they were verified, before I was tested again and again. And there were real life ramifications when things like that happen,” she said.

Hostin went on to explain that her doctor husband had to be pulled out of surgery, her children were notified at school, and her parents had to be rushed to get tested themselves. 

“I was relieved, to say the least, to find out that I was COVID-negative. And I always was assured by the fact that I am fully vaccinated. And so, if even if I were COVID-positive, I was convinced that I would likely be okay,” she said.

“And if this type of thing were to happen to me, Ana Navarro is the best person to have it happen with you, because her charm and her wits and her sense of humor really got me through it. I won’t tell you the types of things that she was saying in Spanish, but it was pretty terrific.” 

Navarro Was ‘Flabbergasted’

Navarro said that she was left “flabbergasted” by this ordeal. 

“Frankly, my first thought was, ‘Oh my God’ — because I had just spent the day with Kamala Harris’ sister, niece and brother-in-law, so I’m thinking I’m Typhoid Mary and I’m going to wipe out the entire Harris family in one week,” she said. “So I had to call them [and] immediately call [my] family because you don’t want them to find out from TV — of course they had, and it shows you just how instant, these days, news travels.”

“Also [I] was overwhelmed by the love, mostly love [we received],” she added.  “I will tell my Latino and Black Twitter: Pipe down folks, this is not a conspiracy that they brought out Sunny and me. Because you know the Latinos are like, ‘Wait, where are our girls going?'”

“The last thing I want to say is, I really can’t tell you how grateful I am to the vice president’s team that they rolled with the punches, that they went along with it,” Navarro concluded. “I don’t know that I wouldn’t have, you know, left. … Kamala, baby, come back please. We will bubble wrap ourselves.”

“I would like the opportunity to ask some more questions,” Hostin agreed, with Behar adding, “We would really like you to come back, Madam Vice President.” 

Friday’s episode of “The View” is certainly one that neither the co-hosts nor the fans will ever forget! The show runners over there might want to get their act together, however, as this entire thing was nothing short of a mess. 

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