Sunny Hostin Says Her False Positive COVID Test Stopped Husband From Performing Surgery

Sunny Hostin, one of the hosts of The View, said her false positive COVID-19 test forced her husband, who is a doctor, to withdraw from performing surgery, the Associated Press reported.

Hostin and co-host Ana Navarro received positive COVID-19 test results Friday, interrupting a planned interview with Vice President Kamala Harris. Hostin and Navarro said Monday the tests were false positives.

"It was really uncomfortable for my results to be release publicly before I even knew what was going on, before they were verified, before I was tested again and again," Hostin said. "And there were real-life ramifications when things like that happen."

Hostin said that her husband was stopped from performing surgery "because God forbid he's operating on someone and he's COVID positive." She said her child's school was notified, but all COVID-19 tests since have come back negative.

Hostin described the emotional toll of the false positive, as "not too long ago I delivered the eulogy at my in-law's funeral."

"So you could imagine how I felt, thinking I could possibly be COVID positive, and my family could experience another loss, a loss that I don't think my husband could handle," she said.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

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Sunny Hostin said on Monday that her COVID-19 test result on Friday was a false positive. Above, Hostin enters "The View" taping at the ABC Lincoln Center Studios on June 15, 2017, in New York City. Ray Tamarra/GC Images via Getty

Hostin and Navarro were pulled off the air Friday in a startling moment of live television that forced an abbreviated Harris interview to be conducted remotely.

None of the hosts who were on Friday came into contact with Harris. Hostin and Navarro, along with Joy Behar and Sara Haines, were tested multiple times over the weekend and all results were negative, the show said.

"I was flabbergasted," Navarro said.

After the two were taken off the air, the show had to kill time, with Behar and Haines engaging in a question-and-answer session with audience members until the remote interview with Harris was set up.

"That led to some really awkward television that I'd like to have back if I could," said Executive Producer Brian Teta, who apologized on the air to Hostin and Navarro on Monday.

Hostin said she is fully vaccinated, so she was convinced she would likely be fine even if the test were positive.

Navarro also hit back at Donald Trump Jr. for a Friday tweet in which the former president's son wrote, "Given the Ana Navarro news, I think it's time for a national conversation about the dangers of Covid-19 & obesity."

"If you wanted to have a conversation about COVID and obesity, you could have had it last October," Navarro said, in reference to President Donald Trump's bout with the disease.

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Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro, who were abruptly pulled off of "The View" on Friday before a planned interview with Vice President Kamala Harris, said their COVID-19 tests were false positives. Above, this combination photo shows Hostin (left) and Navarro on the set of "The View" in New York City on September 17, 2021. ABC/Lou Rocco via AP