‘The View’ hosts broadcast remotely after COVID-19 infections, exposure

The co-hosts of ABC daytime talk show The View have all been staunch advocates of vaccines and boosters.

Nevertheless, the show kicked off the new year with each of its hosts appearing remotely or, in the case of one case, conspicuously absent. 

“She will be back”

According to The Hill, several of them either tested positive for the virus or had been in contact with others who had over the recent holiday hiatus.

Whoopi Goldberg, who typically serves as the show’s moderator, was missing on Monday. Co-host Joy Behar explained the absence as well as why the other women were appearing remotely from their respective homes.

“Why am I here instead of Whoopi?” Behar asked. “Well, Whoopi, unfortunately, tested positive over the break, but she will be back, probably next week.”

Touting the protection of inoculation, Behar said that Goldberg’s “symptoms have been very, very mild.”

She said the show is “being super cautious here” and will do everything possible to reunite the panel when it is appropriate to do so.

“I didn’t feel great”

In addition to Goldberg, fellow co-hosts Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, and Ana Navarro all saw their holiday breaks disrupted by COVID-19. For her part, Hostin described testing positive and spending the holidays in isolation, interacting with loved ones only through video calls. She said she has since recovered and tested negative.

“I’m so thankful that I was vaccinated and boosted because I only had cold-like symptoms,” Hostin said. “But I didn’t feel great, honestly. And it just goes to show you that the vaccine and the boosters do work. It makes sure you’re not hospitalized for something like this. It makes sure that you don’t die from something like this.”

Haines described canceled travel plans stemming from her husband’s positive test result. As for Navarro, she revealed that her mother died shortly before Christmas and her father subsequently tested positive for COVID-19, which led to canceled plans.

Fox News Channel contributor Lisa Boothe, who was reportedly under consideration to join the program as its token conservative, weighed in on the latest disruption to the panel. In a tweet referencing the pandemic’s impact on the program, she referenced fact that it came despite the co-host’s inoculation status.

“They should have gotten vaccinated … oh wait,” Boothe wrote, following up with a thinking face emoji.

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