Katie Hopkins is facing deportation from Australia after she ‘joked’ about deliberately flouting rules while staying in hotel quarantine.
The former Apprentice star, 46, is set to be thrown out of the country ‘imminently’ after having her visa revoked for a series of ‘shameful’ social media posts.
Hopkins had flown in to Australia to make an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother after finishing her mandatory 14-day quarantine.
But during her stay in a Sydney hotel room, she described Covid lockdowns as ‘the greatest hoax in human history’ and joked about breaching restrictions.
In an Instagram Live video the joked about deliberately breaking Covid rules by opening her door naked and mask-free to the workers who deliver her food.
‘The police officer who checked me in told me, when they knock on my door I have to wait 30 seconds until I can open the door’ she says while breaking out into hysterics.
The divisive commentator then claimed she would flout the rules by frightening workers and answering the door without waiting – while completely naked and maskless – in the hopes of provoking police.
Time to go: Katie Hopkins’ visa has been cancelled after the British media personality, 46, shared her plans to flout Australia’s strict quarantine rules. Pictured here in July 2017
‘I’m very pleased she’ll be leaving’: Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews described Hopkins’ comments as ‘shameful’ in an interview with ABC News Breakfast on Monday
While the Hopkin laughed off Australia’s Covid lockdown restrictions and quarantine rules, other hotel guests were outraged at her behaviour and mounted a huge backlash.
Channel Seven, who broadcast Celebrity Big Brother, soon ripped up her contract over the comments.
Now Hopkins is expected to be forced out of Australia ‘imminently’ following an urgent review by the Federal Government.
Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews described Hopkins’ comments as ‘shameful’ in an interview with ABC News Breakfast on Monday.
‘The fact that she was out there boasting about breaching quarantine was just appealing. It was a slap in the face for all those Australians who are currently in lockdown,’ Ms Andrews said.
‘And it’s just unacceptable behaviour, so personally I’m very pleased she’ll be leaving.’
She also explained how a notoriously controversial commentator such as Hopkins had been granted a visa in the first place, given that applicants must pass a character test before they can enter the country.
Ms Andrews said Hopkins had been allowed into the country above the quarantine cap with the support of the NSW State Government, on the basis that she would provide some sort of ‘economic benefit’ to the country.
Dumped: A Seven Network spokesperson announced on Sunday, ‘Seven and Endemol Shine Australia confirm that Hopkins is not part of Big Brother VIP’
‘She should have been absolutely ashamed of her own behaviour [but] I don’t know whether she will be’: Ms Andrews went on to condemn Hopkins’ behaviour in an interview with Channel Nine’s Today Show on Monday
‘There are very well established processes and procedures for people to enter this country and many decisions are made on the basis of economic benefit,’ she said.
Ms Andrews went on to condemn Hopkins’ behaviour in an interview with Channel Nine’s Today Show on Monday, telling hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon: ‘I think her behaviour is absolutely appalling.
‘She should have been absolutely ashamed of her own behaviour [but] I don’t know whether she will be.’
Ms Andrews continued: ‘Quite frankly I hadn’t even heard of her before I found out what he had been up to, and I actually don’t want to ever hear about her again.
‘She just needs to leave the country quickly.’
Ms Andrews praised the Australian Border Force for dealing with Hopkins’ visa revocation swiftly over the weekend.
She also acknowledged that many Australians were outraged Hopkins had received a spot in hotel quarantine, as the current cap on international arrivals means tens of thousands of Australians are stuck overseas and unable to return home.
At 5am Saturday Hopkins posted an Instagram story describing ‘a game’ where she answers her hotel quarantine room door naked and without a mask
‘I think we should have been looking to increase our hotel quarantine caps back to where they were and potentially beyond as soon as possible, because there are many Australians who want to come home,’ she said.
Hopkins is known for her contentious views on race, sex, class, obesity and migration.
The news comes after Hopkins was officially dumped from the upcoming Australian series of Celebrity Big Brother.
A network spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia on Sunday: ‘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.’
WHO IS KATIE HOPKINS?
Katie Hopkins is a well-known media personality and commentator in the UK.
The 46-year-old mum-of-two rose to fame on The Apprentice in 2007 and soon became an outspoken household name, writing in several newspapers.
She came runner-up in the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother, becoming popular among some for her no-nonsense attitude, and loathed by others for her controversial comments.
Hopkins is known for her contentious views on race, sex, class, obesity and migration.
She once had a popular radio show on UK station LBC, but stepped away after writing on Twitter that a ‘final solution’ was needed to deal with terrorists. Many thought this was a reference to the Holocaust.
She was permanently banned from Twitter in June 2020.
On Sunday, the hosts of The Project slammed Seven for its decision to hire Hopkins.
Jan Fran, a comedian and regular panelist on the show, said: ‘What was someone expecting when they did hire Katie Hopkins to do this? She’s a troll. She courts controversy. They knew that is what she would bring to the Big Brother house.’
‘It’s telling she changed her mind because she’s flouted COVID restrictions, not because of the heinous things that she’s been saying for years and years.’
Fran went on to express disgust over Hopkins’ use of the term ‘Final Solution’, which is used to refer to the mass murder of Europe’s Jews during the Holocaust.
Her co-host Peter van Onselen agreed: ‘They want controversy but maybe didn’t think it would lead as far as this.
‘She will go back to the UK and complain about us and build her brand locally off what we’ve done even though what we’ve done is the right thing.’
‘Don’t you think this is what Channel Seven wanted? It cost them, how much is an economy ticket from the UK, $150,000?’ Lisa Wilkinson chimed in, joking.
‘That’s all it’s cost them which is cheaper than a marketing budget’.
Hopkins, who recently flew to Sydney on a ‘critical skills’ visa ahead of her appearance on Seven’s all-star season of Big Brother, caused public backlash over the weekend after claiming she was planning to deliberately flout restrictions while staying in hotel quarantine.
At 5am on Saturday, Hopkins took to Instagram live to post a speech where she ‘called out’ the lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne.
During the video, Hopkins openly mocked the 14-day hotel quarantine rules revealing she planned to deliberately break them by opening her door completely naked and mask-free to workers who deliver her food.
‘The police officer who checked me in told me, when they knock on my door I have to wait 30 seconds until I can open the door,’ she says while breaking out into hysterics. ‘I can open the door but I can only do it in a face mask.’
However, on Sunday, Hopkins denied she broke quarantine rules in Sydney, writing on Instagram.
‘WARNING: EXTREME HUMOUR. I have never broken quarantine,’ she wrote in her caption.
‘My whole heart goes out to Australians and this brilliant country known for sense of humour. Families MUST be reunited.
‘Auzzies [sic] need the dignity of work and lockdown is the Greatest Hoax in Human History. Do not give up my darlings. Bring Australians home,’ she added.
Hopkins often makes posts mocking mask mandates and lockdowns on Instagram since being banned from Twitter in June last year for ‘hateful conduct’
Suspended: Hopkins’ Twitter account was suspended in June last year after violating the platform’s policy on ‘hateful conduct’
Outspoken: ‘In terms of hypocrisy I see that- with politicians locking people down – but I’ve never been an advocate for that,’ she said in the video
Hopkins often takes to Instagram to publish a myriad of posts mocking lockdowns and mask mandates.
In a video uploaded to the social media platform on Friday, filmed from her hotel quarantine, Ms Hopkins described lockdowns as ‘the greatest hoax in history’.
‘You are living through the greatest hoax in human history, they are trying to take everything from you, and one of the very best and most powerful weapons we have is a sense of humour, and someone like me is probably a massive thorn in their sides,’ she said.
While Hopkins is yet to speak out about being axed from Celebrity Big Brother Australia, she shared a bizarre video on Instagram mocking the COVID-19 crisis.
‘This is important – we’ve just heard that there’s been a new variant, Delta plus, and you have to be very, very afraid of it,’ she said, adding that ‘VIPs’ didn’t need to worry but ‘if you’re a pleb like me, you must be very afraid’.
She then lifted up a sanitary towel in the air, she offensively added: ‘all politicians are about as useful as a tampon on a tranny.’