Sunny Hostin, a co-host of ABC’s The View, offered up a terrible and heartfelt revelation Friday when she announced on the air that her husband’s parents had both recently passed away from the coronavirus, The Hill reported.
With a trembling voice and on the verge of tears, she emphasized just how dangerous and deadly COVID-19 is and implored viewers to take it seriously and do everything necessary to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from the illness.
Hostin began by discussing how “intensely private” her husband is but how in the interest of public health they had decided to share the grim news.
“[A]fter speaking with him, he felt that from a public health standpoint, that it was very important for me to share that we are deeply saddened that Manny lost both of his parents over the holidays,” Hostin said, according to Deadline.
Hostin’s husband, a surgeon named Emmanuel Hostin, lost his father, Dr. A. Emmanuel, on Dec. 28 at 83. His mother, Dr. Maria Jesus, passed away on Jan. 1 at 78.
The View co-host noted that both of them had been “very careful” to avoid contracting the virus, even avoiding family gatherings over the holidays, but had nonetheless fallen ill.
She thanked her co-hosts for the immense support they had given her family during their time of grief and concluded her remarks by stressing that everyone needed to adhere to the guidelines put forward by the CDC about social distancing, hand washing, and wearing face masks, and urged everyone to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
Our @Sunny Hostin reveals both of her in-laws have passed away due to complications from COVID-19: “We are in deep grief.”
— The View (@TheView) January 8, 2021
Trump’s bout with COVID
This was undoubtedly a terrible and tragic loss for Hostin and her husband, and we share in their grief over the death of her husband’s parents.
Hostin, normally a staunch and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, displayed a rare moment of compassion toward her hated enemy when it was revealed in October that he and the first lady had tested positive for the virus, according to Decider.
She expressed her concerns for “not only for him and his family but for our country,” and noted that the president contracting a deadly disease posed a “national security issue” and a “grave danger to the president” that was “just really very, very serious.”
Of course, little more than two weeks later, she was right back to casting aspersions against the hated president, when she declined to say anything in response to co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar speculating that Trump never really was sick following his rapid recovery, according to the New York Daily News.