Katie Hopkins was deported from Australia following the axing of Big Brother.
That was a snap. A new photograph depicts a depressed man. Katie Hopkins at Sydney Airport, on her way to being deported from the country.
Katie Hopkins, a far-right commentator, is being deported from Australia following her controversial quarantine statements.
The controversial figure emerged from hotel quarantine and returned to Sydney Airport today, looking downcast as she prepares to fly out of the country, according to newly released photos.
The British media personality, who was cut from her upcoming role on Big Brother VIP over the weekend, had her visa revoked overnight, Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews confirmed.
Andrews told ABC News Breakfast: "We will have her removed from the country as soon as possible." I'm hoping that happens soon.”
Hopkins arrived in Australia last week on a "critical skills" visa and was widely expected to join the Channel 7 reality series's upcoming season.
However, she quickly drew criticism for her hotel quarantine rants since arriving in NSW, in which she compared Covid-19 to the flu, compared migrants to cockroaches, and stated that dementia patients should not obstruct hospital beds.
Additionally, Andrews issued a statement this morning condemning Hopkins' behavior as "despicable."
“It is despicable that anyone would act in such a way as to jeopardize the health of our public officials and community,” Andrews said.
“The Morrison Government will always act swiftly to safeguard the health and safety of the Australian community. “All visa holders must adhere to health directives issued by our health officials; we will not tolerate those who do not. Visa holders who would purposefully endanger others have no place in Australia.
“Immigration to Australia entails responsibilities, and the community has a right to expect more. Those who do not meet the standards can expect their visas to be cancelled and they will be removed.”
According to news.com.au, Big Brother contestants received an exemption backed by the NSW Government, which approved quarantine for those participating in excess of the quarantine cap.
On Sunday afternoon, the Seven Network and Endemol Shine Australia released a statement regarding Hopkins in response to widespread backlash.
“Seven Network and Endemol Shine Australia confirm that Katie Hopkins will not be a part of Big Brother's VIP houseguests. Seven and Endemol Shine vehemently condemn her irresponsible and reckless remarks while in hotel quarantine,” the statement said.
Earlier on Sunday, the Home Affairs Minister stated that she had directed the Australian Border Force to investigate whether Ms Hopkins violated any hotel quarantine rules.
“It is despicable that anyone would act in such a way as to jeopardize the health of our health officials and community,” Ms Andrews stated.
“I have directed Australian Border Force to investigate the facts of this matter immediately and to conduct an urgent review of whether this individual is complying with her visa requirements.”
Additionally, a spokesperson for Home Affairs told news.com.au that Ms Hopkins did not speak in place of Australians seeking to return home.
“These travel exemptions were approved with the support of the NSW Government because they fell under the category of critical skills for inward travel,” she explained.
“These travellers did not supplant returning Australians because their travel exceeded hotel quarantine limits.”
Since news of Hopkins' arrival spread, many Australians and expats have questioned how she was allowed to enter the country, given the recent reductions in the number of overseas Australians permitted to return.
Hopkins' Twitter account was permanently suspended last June for violating Twitter's 'hateful conduct' policy; she was also arrested in South Africa in March 2018 for allegedly spreading racial hatred.
Since it was revealed she was in Australia, a petition has been created calling for her expulsion from the country.
Over 22,000 people signed a Change.org petition calling for Hopkins' return to the United Kingdom in less than 24 hours.
Channel Seven was asked by News.com.au whether Ms Hopkins was scheduled to appear on Big Brother VIP, whether the network is paying for her hotel quarantine, and whether the network believed it was responsible to have Ms Hopkins on air.
On Sunday morning, Shoebridge Knowles Media Group director Neil Shoebridge, the network's external public relations coordinator, refused to address the questions.
“We are not commenting on rumors about the Big Brother VIP cast,” he stated.
Victorian Member of Parliament Andre Giles was one of the first to criticize the government for allowing Ms Hopkins entry.
“Now that Ms Hopkins has arrived in Australia, she has begun broadcasting from what she has dubbed "VIP quarantine," explaining how she is opening her hotel door naked and without a face mask in a deliberate attempt to violate hotel quarantine security,” he said.
“This is a flagrant disregard for frontline workers who are merely attempting to keep the public safe.”
Her arrival comes just weeks after the Australian Federal Government announced a reduction in the number of international visitors.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison reduced the numbers in order to alleviate pressure on quarantine facilities in the aftermath of the Delta variant outbreak.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce made it clear that if Ms Hopkins violated hotel quarantine rules, he would not hesitate to deport her.
“Since I was the one who wanted to return Johnny Depp's dog, I have no problem returning someone who wishes to violate our laws. If you want to do that, you should pack your bongo and flee the country,” he told the ABC.