Moments before Vice President Kamala Harris was to walk on set for a long-planned interview with ABC’s The View, two of the hosts had to leave after testing positive for COVID-19.
In chaotic scenes, a producer told hosts Sonny Hostin and Ana Navarro to go without explaining what was happening.
“Ana and Sunny have to leave,” said host Joy Behar, looking confused. “Should I introduce the vice president?”
“Yes,” said the producer, but moments later another voice yelled “no” across the studio.
The interview was being filmed at the show’s New York City studio.
“Since this is going to be a major news story any minute now,” said Behar, after returning from a commercial break, “what happened is that Sunny and Ana both apparently tested positive for COVID.”
Both Hostin and Navarro are vaccinated against COVID. It is common practice that when the president or vice president is present, people in their closest vicinity are tested for the virus.
Harris instead did the interview via video from another room in the building.
“Sunny and Ana are strong women and I know they’re fine,” Harris said. “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.”
A spokesperson for Harris and a representative for The View did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ requests for comment.
“There’s never a dull moment in television,” Behar said.