Katie Hopkins is known for her controversial opinions and some have even dubbed her the 'female Jeremy Clarkson' for her unfiltered and unapologetic statements. This time, she's gotten into trouble with the Australian authorities.
Hopkins recently flew out to Sydney, Australia to star in Big Brother VIP. In order to be allowed to stay in Australia, Hopkins had to complete 14 days of mandatory quarantine in a covid hotel in Sydney.
Hopkins was granted permission to travel to Aus to take part in the reality TV show; Australia's borders remain closed to UK travellers with few exemptions.
It was announced on Monday (19th July) that Hopkins will be deported from Australia after flouting the government's quarantine rules.
It's after the far-right commentator and TV personality posted an Instagram live video from her hotel room on Friday in which she bragged about breaking the COVID-19 quarantine rules. The video has since been deleted.
More than 31,000 people signed a petition to have her deported from Australia and Hopkins is now waiting to be put on a flight back to the UK after her visa was cancelled by the authorities.
BREAKING: The federal government has cancelled British far-right commentator Katie Hopkins' visa. She'll now be sent home. The Home Affairs Minister @karenandrewsmp joins us next on @BreakfastNews. #auspol- Michael Rowland (@mjrowland68) July 18, 2021
In the controversial video, Hopkins talked about deliberately opening her bedroom door to hotel staff "naked" and not wearing a mask.
She also called Covid rules the "greatest hoax in human history."
Seven Network said in a statement that they condemned Hopkins' behaviour.
"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." (Via The Guardian Australia).
Sydney and Melbourne were placed under another lockdown on Saturday (17th July) after a spike in cases. Until 30th July, all construction work has been stopped due to a tightening of what is classed as "critical" work and in Melbourne, residents aren't allowed to travel further than 5km from their homes.
Australia is currently on the UK's green list, which means Hopkins won't need to isolate when she returns home but she will need to fill out a passenger locator form and pay for two covid tests - one on the day she returns and one on day two after her return.
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