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Seven dumps Katie Hopkins from Big Brother VIP

Seven and Endemol Shine cut ties after Hopkins flouted quarantine rules.

Controversial UK personality Katie Hopkins has been dumped from Big Brother VIP.

A Seven spokesperson said, “Seven Network and Endemol Shine Australia confirm that Katie Hopkins is not part of Big Brother VIP. Seven and Endemol Shine strongly condemn her irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine.”

It follows Hopkins taking to social media to openly flout quarantine rules.

Laughing in a now-deleted video she said: “I’ve been told when they bring three meals a day to the door, I have to wait 30 seconds before opening the door.

“And then I can open the door but only with a face mask.”

Describing her actions, she explained that she had tried to answer the door as soon as she heard somebody outside to: “Frighten the shit out of them and do it naked with no face mask.

“What I want is the sergeant in the foyer to come up and tell me off so that I can stand there naked while he tells me off.”

This morning Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was asked for comment about Hopkins.

“I’m the one who wanted to send home Johnny Depp’s dogs so I have no problem sending home someone who wants to flout our laws. If you want to do that, pack your bongo and get out,” he said.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews also directed Border Force to “urgently review” her visa.

Other politicians had also called for her visa to be cancelled.

Josh Burns MP said Seven and Big Brother should “immediately cancel the arrangement to have Katie Hopkins appear on TV in front of Australian families”, while Andrew Giles MP described her as a “disgrace.”

“How has she been permitted to travel here to spread hate – when thousands of Australians remain stranded?” he asked.

Advertisers were also being targeted ahead of the Olympic Games. A petition at Change.org has over 22,000 signatures.

Hopkins was permanently suspended from Twitter in June 2020 for “violations of our hateful conduct policy” having previously been suspended for one week in January 2020. In 2018 she was detained in South Africa for allegedly spreading racial hatred.

Should Seven cut Katie Hopkins from Big Brother VIP?

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38 Responses

  1. She certainly was an interesting choice, but I don’t think she’d play well with others. Too many arguments would break out and the producers would end up applying the gag rule on her eventually… with an actual gag !

  2. All those involved in this tawdry disgusting episiode should hang their heads in shame.
    The Australian public has had a gutful – this “entertainment” will be lucky to get a few hundred thousand viewers after this appalling incident – 25 million will avoid it like the plague

    1. I had never heard of her, but I had a message from a friend in England begging Australia to give her another chance.
      I assume she is well known for something (I know not what) in the UK. I put my friend straight on her antics.

  3. If you play with fire, you might get burnt. I’m just shocked that anyone that this was a good idea. Is there a bigger network culture
    /ethics issue here? Last week’s social media post about the football and now this comes to light.

    1. Exactly. Time to clean house. They can even blame it on COVID to save face. Having at the very least, obvious racist sympathizers at the top levels of a company is an untenable situation. Close the door on your way out.

  4. Now for a Royal Commission into how the Government granted her a Visa in the first place when our own citizens are still being ignored and shoved to the back of a queue time and time again.

  5. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway if she was on the show ,I’m gathering it wont be Live so it’ll be pre-recorded so any comments deemed out of place would have been edited for the family friendly viewing hour.

    1. I’d argue it does – she has a long known track record of being controversial and vile and has no remorse or desire to change.

      Having her be apart of BBVIP is an endorsement – it is a sign that her comments and all round nastiness is ok.

    2. Firstly why are they putting people with a racist history on a “family friendly” show.

      Secondly it is still not acceptable to put racists on a TV show and then edit out their racism. That is enabling them and promoting them as something they’re not. There is also a duty of care to the people in the house as well.

      1. Ahhh but remember Seven refused to confirm she was brought out for the show 😉

        She could have been set to appear in a new show with Pete Evans called You Can’t Say That

  6. Oh Seven …you’ve done it again ! You guys crack me up with your total ineptitude and lack of common sense sometimes …
    Remember you hired this crazy for her “say anything do anything “ shock persona and then you sack her because she delivers exactly what you asked for .. muchos .arse covering at 10 paces tonight I reckon! Who’s seeing James W at 9am then ?

    1. Best Comment on here. Well said. And what I want to know, the days of the Moh.Ali and John Waynes (yes going back a long way) for Hollywood Star to announce an Award at the Logies, surely, just surely must be over. Why on earth are they still flying ‘stars’ out to Aust to be on shows. We have great celebs A B & C listed and (some Z’s, lol). Hire them for goodness sakes. Not re-cycling same ole however, please.

    2. Scripted projects probably rely more on the international names as to whether they will proceed or not, so there is an argument they underpin local jobs. The reality shows can usually find another star to take their place, so the show is not in jeopardy. The optics have also increased since caps were cut further.

  7. Good however the question remains, who at Seven in their right mind thought it was a good idea in the first place?? There are thousands and thousands of celebrities out there and they chose her? I mean they could have asked Anne at the Chaser or something which could be fun but they ask her? Not to mention the govt said yes lets let her in.

  8. I can’t tell if it was comments only or actions as well. It’s irresponsible either way. I’m also quite amused about the phrase “pack your bongo”. It turns out it might not mean what I thought it was alluding to. Or so it seems.

  9. “is not a part” vs “is no longer a part”
    The choice of language is misleading.

    Have the courage to say you made a mistake and you fired her. There’s a pattern here 7, on air talent and execs. Speak up.

  10. call me cynical but like MattF i have also thought about the free publicity angle of it all. Surely they wouldn’t fly someone into the country all the while knowing they had no intention of going ahead & putting them on the show, but also knowing it would drum up an amazing amount of free publicity for said show, ….would they? lol

      1. haha yep i am an over thinker by nature anyway, but one does scratch their head that they really thought it would be a good move bringing her of all people here given the covid border restrictions…

  11. Quite a few people should be worried about their jobs…. the Seven idiots who thought it was OK, whoever approved her visa, whoever gave her an exemption to enter NSW. Her character alone was surely enough to deny a visa???

  12. Putting aside the awfulness of the individual for a moment.
    It may well be the case that flying people into the country for things like this does sit above the quarantine cap, but the optics of it for the government and those paying for them to come is just awful.

  13. This is the right outcome. To come into a country and not respect its rules and regulations around covid and in-particular the lengths we go to to all be safe, let alone all the health care workers across our amazing country getting the message out there about safe practices. I’m really, really happy Seven did this. I still can’t believe with 12million Australia’s in lockdown someone would boast about potentially harming the community further.

  14. Absolutely floored that CBB would have even considered this person. I am so sorry for the hotel quarantine workers who had to put up with her behaviour. I’m even sorrier for Australians who are trying to get home and are being told that there are arrival caps.

    Channel 7 & Endemol Shine really didn’t read the room on this one and they should be ashamed.

  15. Whoever signed off on booking her should be fired. They have made Warburton look like a fool after everything he said re the seven news footballer incident. These sorts of things will effect the share price long term. Bad for business.

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