“There seems to be something happening here that I’m not 100 percent aware of,” Behar candidly said just as she was preparing to welcome Harris. “Can someone please apprise me of the situation?”
A voice off-camera then asked Hostin and Navarro to “step off for a second.” Trying to keep to the script, Behar asked if she should still introduce Harris as planned, with one producer saying "yes" while the other shouted "no!"
When the show returned from commercial break, Behar shed light on what just happened behind-the-scenes.
“OK, since this is going to be a major news story any minute now, what happened is, Sunny and Ana apparently tested positive for Covid," the talk show host revealed. "No matter how hard we try these things happen. They probably have a breakthrough case. They will be OK, I am sure, because they are both vaccinated."
Getting back on track, Behar, 78, promised Harris would still join her — just after the table was wiped down and disinfected. Harris was supposed to join the women in person on stage, but The View chose to interview Harris remotely following the health scare.
While Behar and remaining fellow host Sara Haines waited to speak with Harris, they offered the masked audience members a chance to ask them questions, with the red-headed TV personality jokingly telling them not to ask about their sex lives.
During Harris' appearance, she addressed the cohosts' positive test results, insisting their symptoms could have been severe if it had not been for the vaccine.
“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,” Harris said during her appearance. “And vaccines really make all the difference, ’cause otherwise we would be concerned about hospitalization and worse.”
It's unclear why Hostin and Navarro didn't get their test results back before filming.