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“The View” contributor Ana Navarro says she has tested negative for COVID-19 three times following Friday's dramatic on-air moment when she and co-host Sunny Hostin were informed they had tested positive – right before an in-studio interview with Vice President Kamala Harris.
“Very thankful to have gotten a third negative PCR test result this afternoon,” Navarro tweeted Saturday. Earlier that day, she told her social media followers in a video that she was quarantining in New York until she received the results of the third test, which she hoped was a false positive.
USA TODAY has reached out to Hostin's representatives for further updates.
“It was very important to err on the side of caution because it was about the safety of the vice president,” Navarro added, thanking Harris and her team for “being such pros and rolling with the punches.”
The TV host ended with a call for others to get vaccinated against COVID-19, “so we can beat this damn thing, once and for all.”
The talk show was supposed to host Harris on Friday for her first in-person talk show appearance since being sworn in as vice president. However, plans were upended when the two co-hosts were pulled off the stage after testing positive, and Harris appeared virtually as a safety precaution.
Host Joy Behar noticed something was awry, which she inquired about on-air. “Can someone please apprise me of the situation?” she asked at the table with Navarro and her co-hosts Sara Haines and Hostin.
“I need the two of you to step off for a second,” someone off-camera directed Hostin and Navarro. Behar told viewers their absence would be explained soon and began to introduce Harris but was stopped.
“Shall we dance? Let's do a tap dance,” Behar joked while thinking on her feet.
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After a commercial break, Behar informed the audience of her colleagues' diagnoses. “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,” Behar said. “No matter how hard we try, these things happen. They probably had a breakthrough case, and they'll be OK I'm sure because they are both vaccinated up that wazoo.”
USA TODAY has reached out to ABC for comment. A White House official familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly said that Harris was not in contact with Hostin or Navarro before the start of Friday's show.
Navarro broke her silence about the situation on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Friday night, describing the situation as “surreal.”
“We were very proud to have the vice president come on ‘The View' and then all of a sudden it turned into like an episode of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,' “ she told Cooper.
“And of course it's a very awkward moment. It's puzzling. You've got a hundred things going through your head,” she added.
To fill time, Behar and her co-host Haines took questions from in-studio audience members in masks, one who asked what she and Haines were thinking in the moment.
“What the heck?” Haines quipped.
“We have an Adrenalin rush,” Behar said. “Because we know that we have to think on our feet.”
With about 10 minutes left in the show, Harris appeared remotely, introduced by Behar.
“Before we go into the pandemic question that I have for you, I just want to say I hope that you're in a safe spot right now,” Behar said. “We did everything we could to make sure that you were safe because we value you so much.”
“Sunny and Ana are strong women, and I know they're fine, but it really does also speak to the fact that they're vaccinated,” the vice president said. “Vaccines really make all the difference, because otherwise we would be concerned about hospitalization and worse.”
Hostin shared on “The View” in January the toll the pandemic took on her family, revealing that her in-laws died over the holidays.
The parents of her husbands, orthopedic surgeon Emmanuel Hostin, died just days apart.
Fighting back tears, Hostin said Emmanuel “lost his father (Dr. A. Emmanuel) on Dec. 28” at age 83 and “lost his mother (Dr. Maria Jesus) on New Year’s Day” at age 78.
Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Hannah Yasharoff