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The View’s Ana Navarro slammed over massive error after mixing up names live on air

POLITICAL commentator Ana Navarro has been slammed online after making a massive error live on CNN.

The View's co-host mistakenly referred to Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro as "Ricardo Maduro" on Thursday, as she discussed the influx of Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans at the US-Mexico border.

Ana Navarro made a major mistake during a CNN appearance on Thursday (seen above with fellow CNN pundit S.E. Cupp)Credit: CNN
Navarro joined The View this season as a part-time, permanent host after guest hosting many episodes last seasonCredit: Getty

"The complication is Ricardo Maduro, Daniel Ortega and the remnants of the Castro regime that people are fleeing in desperate manners," she said.

Navarro, who is Nicaraguan-American, was arguing these migrants are showing up at the border because they are escaping authoritarian regimes.

Viewers quickly took to social media to call out Navarro over the embarrassing error.

"Can someone ask Ana Navarro who the he** is 'Ricardo Maduro," said Argentine writer Agustin Laje.

Another Twitter user added: "Everyone is wondering who is 'Ricardo Maduro.'"

A third critic said: "[Navarro] can’t even grift right anymore. Who the he** is Ricardo Maduro?

Navarro joined The View this season as a part-time, permanent host after guest hosting many episodes last season, but has kept her role as a CNN political commentator and continues to live in Miami.

"As much as we love that song Be Our Guest, there’s one person who’s way overqualified to be our guest anymore," Whoopi told the audience during the highly-anticipated announcement in August.

Whoopi continued: “She always has an unfiltered and quite hilarious take…

"As Barbara Walters used to say, you know you’ve made it when you’ve been parodied on SNL.”

Navarro then responded: "After many years, many hairstyles, many pounds up and down… we are finally putting a ring on it and making it official. I want to thank the very loyal View fans...”

The View won't have Ana on full-time because of the TV star's "other work commitments," as sources previously reported.

The 50-year-old will be on the show on Mondays and Fridays, filling in for Joy Behar and Whoopi respectively, who usually take those days off.