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.