On Friday, September 24, the cohosts were rushed off the air after it was announced they had tested positive for the coronavirus. The announcement came shortly before they were to interview Vice President Kamala Harris.
An ABC insider told Page Six that as of Sunday, September 26, "[Hostin] is definitely returning to the studio [on Monday]. [Parent company] Disney said they’re clear. No quarantining is necessary."
Another insider told the publication that they were "95 percent" sure Hostin will be in the studio on Monday, September 27. Navarro is a part-time host, but the insider noted that she is expected to appear on her Thursday and Friday slots this week.
Navarro took to Twitter on Saturday, September 25, and said she was "thankful to have gotten a third negative PCR test result this afternoon."
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Hostin and Navarro were "both very emotional" about being pulled off air "for good reason," sources told the outlet. "They were pissed because everyone’s been waiting for this big interview for two weeks now, and then it was derailed because of a false positive," an insider explained.
According to Page Six, the COVID-19 test results were announced on air without Hostin and Navarro's permission.
"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," an insider 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."
As The View staff are tested several times a week, Page Six noted that it's not clear how they were allowed to go on air without having the results yet. Several sources told the publication that the testing was an "epic fail."
"It was so crazy. Nobody knew what was going on. Everyone at ABC had a different answer about what was going on," one source said.
"OK, since this is going to be a major news story any minute now, what happened is, Sunny and Ana both apparently tested positive for Covid," Joy Behar told the audience at the time. "No matter how hard we try, these things happen, they probably have a breakthrough case."
"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 make all the difference because otherwise we would be concerned about hospitalization and worse," Harris told Behar and Sara Haines during her interview.