View is down a co-host due to COVID-19. PEOPLE reported that Sara Haines tested positive for COVID-19 and, as a result, did not participate in Monday’s episode. The publication also noted that Haines was one of the co-hosts who was on set when Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro-Cardenas received false positive tests during the live broadcast.
At the start of the episode, Whoopi Goldberg acknowledged Haines’ absence and confirmed that she had tested positive for COVID-19. Goldberg said, “Sara is out with COVID, we want her to recover soon.” Joy Behar also did not participate in Monday’s episode. However, his absence was apparently unrelated to COVID-19. Haines has yet to publicly announce the news. Also, it’s unclear how long the co-host will take a step back from View as she battles the disease.
As previously mentioned, Haines was on hand when View faced a major COVID-19 scare in September 2021. At the time, Hostin and Navarro-Cardenas were asked to leave the set live. The ordeal came shortly before the co-hosts were set to interview Vice President Kamala Harris in what would have been her first in-studio television interview. Behar said later in the episode that they tested positive for COVID-19. But, the result later turned out to be a false positive.
Following the situation, Navarro-Cardenas shared his thoughts on Anderson Cooper 360. She explained that it was disappointing that they had to leave the set, especially since she was “very proud” to have Harris on the program. View personality continued to speak about the dramatic moment, saying, “Joy [Behar] is clear on the other side. I don’t think she sees the turmoil of what Sunny and I are being told by executive producer, Brian Teta, is happening. And, of course, it’s a very awkward moment. It’s confusing. You have a hundred things going through your mind.”
She said she and Hostin received the news through their headphones while the show was going on. Navarro-Cardenas added: “We say ‘What did you just say? Did I just hear you? And that’s in the middle of live TV. And, as you know, Anderson, the show must go on.”