Katie Hopkins has been spotted abiding by Australian Covid-19 guidelines – as she leaves the country following comments about breaking their strict quarantine rules.
The former contestant of The Apprentice, 46, had been due to appear on the Australian version of Celebrity Big Brother, but was booted off the show before it began due to her comments regarding the country’s lockdown procedures.
She had been completing a mandatory 14-day quarantine and called the Covid-19 lockdowns “the greatest hoax in human history” as she joked about how she was breaking the rules.
That led to her visa being revoked and Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews saying she was set to leave the country “imminently”.
It now appears that the time has already come as the media personality was sent packing.
She was seen wearing a blue face mask – although it wasn’t always covering her nose – as she headed through the airport on Monday.
Katie, who is known for her contentious views on topics such as race, sex, class, obesity and migration, had recorded herself on Saturday making a mockery of the lockdowns procedures in Sydney and Melbourne.
From a hotel room, she laughed as she said: “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.
“I can open the door but I can only do it in a face mask.”
And she told viewers that a “game” she was playing was to try to get to the door as quick as possible wearing no clothes or face mask.
She has since denied breaking the rules. She reposted her video and captioned it: “THAT Katie’s Arms WARNING: EXTREME HUMOUR. I have never broken quarantine
“My whole heart goes out to Australians and this brilliant country known for sense of humour. Families MUST be reunited, Auzzies need the dignity of work and lockdown is the Greatest Hoax in Human History. Do not give up my darlings. Bring Australians home.”
However, it’s too little to late for the star.
And she certainly wasn’t making friends with the local politicians following her antics.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce told 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.”