RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star Art Simone is keen to replace Katie Hopkins on Celebrity Big Brother Australia, after she was dumped by Channel Seven on Sunday.
In a Twitter post after the British commentator’s firing, Art Simone, the stage name of Jack Daye, told the network to ‘call her’ as she’s ‘good at sitting around the house’.
Hopkins, 46, was dumped from Big Brother VIP after she publicly shared her plans to flout Australia’s strict quarantine rules while in Sydney.
Keen for more reality TV: RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star Art Simone (pictured) told Channel Seven on Sunday to ‘call her’ after British commentator Katie Hopkins was DUMPED from Celebrity Big Brother Australia
‘So it seems @Channel7 now has an opening on @BigBrotherAU. I’m not up to much atm (sic) and I’m really good at sitting around the house. Call me xo,’ Art Simone posted on Twitter.
In a statement provided to Daily Mail Australia on Sunday, a Channel Seven spokesperson confirmed: ‘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.’
Hopkins, who recently flew to Sydney 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 restriction rules while staying in hotel quarantine.
Online: In a Twitter post after Hopkins’ firing, Art Simone, the stage name of Jack Daye, told the network to ‘call her’ as she’s ‘good at sitting around the house’
Uproar: Hopkins, who recently flew to Sydney 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 restriction rules while staying in hotel quarantine
At 5am on Saturday, the media personality 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.’
Cut: In a statement on Sunday, a network spokesperson confirmed: ‘Seven Network and Endemol Shine Australia confirm that Hopkins is not part of Big Brother VIP’
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.
While the controversial figure laughed off Australia’s Covid lockdown restrictions and quarantine rules, the mother-of-three claimed in 2017 that she isn’t ‘anti-vaccine’, saying all her children were up to date with their flu-jabs.
Despite her amusement at her own antics, which she described as ‘a game’, other travellers stuck in hotel quarantine were outraged by her behaviour.
Posting to the closed Facebook group ‘Australians in quarantine facilities’ one user wrote: ‘This is abhorrent…some people are racing against time with the quarantine trying to get to family members. This is really cruel and sick.’
Backlash: At 5am Saturday, the media personality posted an Instagram story describing ‘a game’ where she answers her hotel quarantine room door naked and without a mask
’Anyone else who has just returned home like me, too ashamed to admit how ashamed I am of my own country right now?’ wrote another traveller.
‘What has happened to Aussie spirit, our heart, mates looking after mates, the Govt caring about its own people. Has it been lost over the last few years?
‘…It makes my blood boil that so many fellow Aussies are stranded and cannot get home yet we can waste seats and hotel rooms on actors etc.’
Another person said: ‘We’ll not get in to why it was deemed necessary for her to enter the country, when an Australian citizen could have had her quarantine space.’
Outrage: Members of the closed group ‘Australians in quarantine facilities’ vent their outrage
Questioned: Many travellers in quarantine questioned why Hopkins was allowed to fly into the country while Australians are stranded overseas
However, a Home Affairs spokeswoman told news.com.au that Hopkins did not take the place of Australians desperate to return to their home country.
‘These travel exemptions were approved based on support by the NSW Government as they met the critical skills category for inwards travel,’ she said.
‘These travellers did not take the place of returning Australians as their travel was above the hotel quarantine caps.’
Hopkins’ entry to Australia had even drawn the attention and criticism of MP’s.
Raising eyebrows: Hopkins often makes posts mocking mask mandates and lockdowns on Instagram since being banned from Twitter in June last year for ‘hateful conduct’
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said on ABC’s Insiders: ‘I’m the one who wanted to send home Johnny Depp’s dogs home so I have no problem sending home someone who wants to flout our laws.
‘If you want to do that, pack your bongo and get out of the country.’
Acting Shadow Minister for Home Affairs Andrew Giles openly criticised the Prime Minister’s decision to provide her with a visa into the country.
‘Now that Ms Hopkins is in Australia, she has begun broadcasting from what’s described as ‘VIP Quarantine’, and has explained how she is opening up her hotel door naked and without a face mask in a deliberate attempt to breach hotel quarantine rules.’ Mr Giles said.
‘This is grossly disrespectful to frontline workers who are only trying to keep us safe.’
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce (pictured) said on ABC’s Insiders: ‘I’m the one who wanted to send home Johnny Depp’s dogs home so I have no problem sending home someone who wants to flout our laws’
Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews also earlier said on Sunday that she had personally asked Australian Border Force to investigate whether or not Hopkins had breached any hotel quarantine rules.
‘It is despicable that anyone would behave in such a way that puts our health officials and community at risk,’ Ms Andrews said.
‘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.’
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, Hopkins described lockdowns as ‘the greatest hoax in history’.
Suspended: Hopkins’ Twitter account was suspended in June last year after violating the platform’s policy on ‘hateful conduct’
‘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 and offensively added: ‘All politicians are about as useful as a tampon on a tranny.’