Kamala Harris and her office are reportedly fuming over the on-air COVID-19 fiasco that took over Friday's episode of The View, moments before the vice president was set to appear on the ABC daytime talk show.
Harris was supposed to appear live alongside the show's hosts but was quickly relocated to a remote location inside ABC's studio. Though it was delayed, the VP managed to conduct her brief interview, remotely, toward the end of the episode.
She appeared gracious in the moment, but insiders say she's peeved – especially since the test results turned out to be false positives.
Sources familiar with the situation told CNN that Harris' office asked that the hosts take polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests within 24 hours of her appearance. That safety measure was reportedly in addition to the two-tests-per-week requirement already in place for the ladies.
Apparently, Harris' team was given the "all clear" on Thursday night that their PCR tests from earlier that day had come back negative.
Insiders claim the VP and her staff then learned about Hostin and Navarro's "positive" results in real time along with Friday's audience members and viewers.
According to people familiar with the matter, the vice president's office does not feel show producers have been upfront with them and are "deeply concerned" about what really happened.
Following their initial "positive" PCR results, Hostin and Navarro reportedly took three additional tests – one rapid test and two PCR tests – which sources say all came back negative.
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The View's executive producer, Brian Teta, addressed the false alarm on Monday's episode of the show, explaining that when he pulled Hostin and Navarro off the set on Friday, he was only thinking about everyone's health and well-being.
"It was just an unbelievable set of circumstances, and we found out moments before we came back on the air," he told the audience and viewers watching at home. "And in that moment, all I could think of was that we had to keep the hosts safe, and we had to keep the vice president safe. She could not walk out no matter what."
"And that led to some really awkward television that I'd like to have back if I could," he continued. "But I really want to acknowledge and apologize to Sunny and Ana, because in the midst of all this chaos, they were put in this position where they had this information put out on television."
"It was unfortunate that mistakes were made," he added, "but I can confidently say that we have very vigorous safety protocols, that everyone is regularly tested and I'm just so relieved that you guys are healthy, that everyone is healthy and nobody was ever in danger."