Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro, both co-hosts of “The View,” will now be returning to the show this week after being forced off-air last Friday after receiving false-positive COVID tests.
Here’s more on this story from Newsmax:
An ABC insider speaking with Page Six revealed that Hostin and Navarro had been cleared to return to the studio, saying “no quarantining is necessary.” Another source told the outlet that they were “95%” sure Hostin would resume her co-hosting role on Monday, and that Navarro, a part-time co-host, would continue to make her regular appearances on Thursday and Friday this week.
Hostin and Navarro were called off the set of “The View” minutes before Vice President Kamala Harris was set to conduct an in-studio interview on Friday. The show then cut to a commercial break and when it returned, Joy Behar revealed that her two co-hosts, who had both been vaccinated, had tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Okay, so, for those of you who are just tuning in, we’re both sitting here now because Ana and Sunny at the last minute we realized that they tested positive for COVID. They’ve been taken off the show,” Behar went on to say, according to a report from NBC News.
Insiders for Page Six went on to note that producers did not have permission to announce the results of the tests administered to Hostin and Navarro.
“It was not OK. They made the decision to reveal their COVID-19 results in the heat of the moment when they should’ve gone to commercial break,” the sources said. “They could’ve stopped, and thought about how to handle it, as opposed to being crazy on the air and running around like chickens with their heads cut off.”
The sources then revealed that both ladies were “very emotional” about the whole situation and “for good reason.”
“They were p—ed because everyone’s been waiting for this big interview for two weeks now, and then it was derailed because of a false positive,” they said.
After the first test came back positive, Hostin and Navarro took a rapid test and a PCR test, which both came back negative. They took another PCR test on Saturday and the results were negative again.
Once things calmed down a bit, Navarro took to Twitter and addressed the comments that were made by former President Donald Trump’s son, which were made as a response to the initial false positive results.
“Given the Ana Navarro news, I think it’s time for a national conversation about the dangers of [COVID]-19 & obesity,” he posted in a tweet.
“@DonaldJTrumpJr, thanks for your concern,” Navarro responded. “I don’t have COVID. Fortunately for you, if you want to have a conversation about the effects of obesity on people with COVID, your dad is a phone call away…assuming he answers your calls. Or just ask your sister to call him for you.”
What this really needs to bring up as a conversation is the accuracy of the COVID-19 tests themselves. Surely by now we have better and more accurate tests than we had when we first started with this COVID mess, right?