Katie Hopkins has been banned from the next season of Australia’s Big Brother VIP after admitting to deliberately disobeying strict hotel quarantine rules.
The former Apprentice star turned far-right commentator arrived in Australia this week and was immediately quarantined at a government-mandated hotel.
The 46-year-old reportedly said in a live Instagram video on Saturday that she was deliberately disobeying quarantine rules by mocking the guards and opening the door to her hotel room without a mask.
Her actions quickly sparked a wave of criticism, and on Sunday the Seven Network – which airs the reality show – said she would not be featured in the upcoming season.
He said in a statement: “Seven Network and Endemol Shine Australia confirm that Katie Hopkins is not a Big Brother VIP.
“Seven and Endemol Shine strongly condemn his irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine.”
Earlier Sunday, the country’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said border forces had launched an investigation.
Referring to a story on Hopkins’ actions, he said in a statement on Twitter: “With NSW and Victoria locked out, a reminder that temporary visa holders must obey public health orders.
“The Australian Border Force is looking into this issue. When visa requirements are not met, people may face cancellation of their visa according to the law. “
NSW Police said they were assisting with the border forces review.
A spokeswoman told the PA News Agency: ‘NSW Police are working closely with the Australian Border Force to determine whether the Australian entry visa issued to a 46-year-old woman from the UK. Uni remains valid.
“NSW Police will meet all operational requirements to assist the woman to return to her home country if deemed necessary.”
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt condemned Hopkins’ actions as “dangerous and irresponsible”.
He said: “These actions, if accurately reported, are dangerous, irresponsible and apparently deliberate.
“We know that at present the UK has the highest number of reported daily cases in the world and so this is a particularly dangerous and irresponsible action.
“Katie Hopkins said it herself, she’s bragging about it so last night I contacted Home Secretary Karen Andrews, but Karen had already referred the matter to the Australian Border Force. This was going to be my request, but she was already on it.
“Border Force is thinking about it right now. In my opinion, if the facts are corroborated by the deliberate exposure of a person to potential contact with someone who has not completed quarantine, then the most aggressive action should be taken.
“My point is that if the stories are correct, instead of Big Brother watching Katie Hopkins, Katie Hopkins should be watching Big Brother from a great distance.”
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