Evicted: Katie Hopkins
Katie Hopkins has now been deported from Australia on a Singapore Airlines flight.
Outspoken British commentator Katie Hopkins flew out of Australia on a 3pm Singapore Airlines flight, some 24 hours after she was evicted by Channel Seven.
Hopkins had her visa cancelled by Department of Home Affairs, which followed her now-deleted video in which she openly flouted quarantine rules. Daily Mail has pap shots of her at Sydney International terminal earlier today.
Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews told ABC, “I thought it was just shameful, the fact that she was out there boasting about breaching quarantine was just appalling.
“It was a slap in the face for all those Australians who are currently in lockdown and it’s just unacceptable behaviour.
“So personally I’m very pleased she’ll be leaving.”
Seven and Endemol Shine Australia bowed to pressure to sever ties with Hopkins claiming her comments were “irresponsible and reckless.”
They are yet to acknowledge she was cast in Big Brother VIP or why she was chosen.
Karen Andrews said Ms Hopkins and other Big Brother contestants had been granted visas based on support from the NSW government, which approved letting the contestants into Australia above the quarantine cap.
“This does happen from time to time, it actually happens reasonably regularly that state governments approach the federal government on the basis that there is an economic benefit to some people coming in over the quarantine caps,” she said.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard also commented this morning.
“We put in place a process where the film companies who are guaranteeing a massive boost to our economy and jobs can make applications, as long as they do it in a way that is not going to impede on the number of Australians coming back,” he said.
But he said he was shocked by Ms Hopkins’s behaviour and he hoped she was “on the first plane back.”
“To think that she could actually think that the measures that we are taking to keep our community safe can be treated with such juvenile, imbecilic behaviour is just mind-boggling.”
A new contender for Blunder of the Year….
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