The View Cohost Sunny Hostin on How Uncle’s Stabbing Changed Her Life: ‘I Felt Very Helpless’

The host and producer of ID’s new show ‘The Truth About Murder With Sunny Hostin’ says she witnessed her uncle being stabbed when she was 7

By Steve Helling

Sunny Hostin remembers one of the most defining moments of her childhood like it was yesterday.

“I was 7 years old and was very close to my father’s only sibling,” the View cohost and host of new I.D. docuseries The Truth About Murder With Sunny Hostin tells PEOPLE. “He was the fun uncle. But he had his demons: he drank too much, did drugs too much, and was a partier and a womanizer.”

“He was dating someone who he did not know was married,” she continues. “Her husband found out and tried to kill him — and tried to stab him to death right in front of me. It was so tragic and I felt very, very helpless.”

While her uncle survived that initial attack, he died a few years later due to complications from the stabbing. The assailant was never punished. “A lot of times, children are left out of the equation, especially in low-income communities,” Hostin says. “You don’t get taken to a therapist. It colored the way our family operated, it changed how my father operated.”

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