Controversial media personality Katie Hopkins has been axed from Big Brother VIP after she broke lockdown protocol in Australia, Channel Seven has confirmed.
Hopkins had been rumoured to be a part of Seven’s lineup for the upcoming celebrity series and landed in Australia just days ago. However, the 46-year-old took to her Instagram and posted stories about how she refused to follow lockdown protocol because she didn’t believe in its benefits.
“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,” the joint statement read.
As soon as Hopkins’ name was mentioned as possibly being a part of the lineup, Australians voiced their displeasure. She had her Twitter account permanently suspended in June last year for violating the social media company’s ‘hateful conduct’ policy after she went on several controversial rants.
“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,” she said on her Instagram.
Among the rants, she compared Covid-19 to the flu, compared migrants to cockroaches, and said people with dementia should not block hospital beds.
Hopkins also caught the attention of Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews, who is directing the Australian Border Force to “urgently review” her visa.
“I have directed Australian Border Force to immediately consider the facts of this matter and urgently review whether this individual is complying with the requirements of her visa,” Andrews said.
Other names rumoured for Big Brother VIP include Caitlyn Jenner, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jax Taylor.
Big Brother VIP begins later this year on Channel Seven and 7Plus.