On Friday, the talk show host announced that both of her husband Dr. Emmanuel Hostin’s parents passed away over the holidays after battling COVID-19.
“Although I’ve chosen a very public career, those of you that know my husband Manny know that he is intensely private, but after speaking with him, he felt that from a public health standpoint that this was very important for me to share that we are deeply saddened that Mani lost both of his parents over the holidays,” she said.
According to Hostin, her father-in-law, Dr. A. Emmanuel, died on Dec. 28, while her mother-in-law, Dr. Maria Jesus, died days later on Jan. 1 and shared that the couple, both doctors, was extremely cautious throughout the pandemic.
“They didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving with us because we all decided that it wasn’t safe. And after a lot of contact tracing we still don’t know how they contracted this virus and this disease,” she explained.
Sunny went on to thank the healthcare workers that provided “incredible care” and further expressed her appreciation to them for allowing the family to FaceTime with their loved ones as they were dying. She went on to warn viewers that the pandemic is not a hoax and thanked her co-hosts for their support.
“I want to also thank my View family and my ABC family, Whoopi for sending so much food for several weeks,” she said. “Ana for calling us and giving us all the information that you gained when Al was battling this virus, Meghan for distracting me with all the pop culture news and sending us bourbon. Manny says it’s the best condolence gift he’s gotten so far. Joy for your calls with your humor. You guys really wrapped your love around us and we’re so very thankful, but COVID is devastating.”
Sunny concluded her remarks with a call to action, urging people to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and the ones they love.
“And while my kids and Manny’s siblings, Helen and Carlos, we are in deep grief, we want everybody to know that…you may think you’re healthy and that you won’t be impacted, but you could be an asymptomatic carrier, you could put someone you love at risk,” she warned. “So please I beg of you social distance, wear your mask, wash your hands and if you get the opportunity take this vaccine, take it. Manny took his first dose, he’s going to take the second dose. I am going to also get vaccinated. We can survive this together, but we must do this together.”
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