Katie Hopkins deported from Australia after joking about breaking quarantine rules

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Katie Hopkins has been deported from Australia after joking about breaking quarantine rules on social media.

The British controversial commentator arrived in Australia last week and was due to appear on Big Brother VIP following a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

However, she sparked outrage on Saturday when she joked in an Instagram Live video that she might break the rules at her quarantine hotel by going to the door to receive her meals naked and without a mask.

Following her comments, she was dropped from the all-star reality show and her visa was revoked, and she left the country on Monday afternoon.

During an interview on ABC News Breakfast on Monday, Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews called Hopkins' comments "shameful".

"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 said, reports Daily Mail Australia. "She just needs to leave the country quickly.

"The fact that she was out there boasting about breaching quarantine was just appalling. It was a slap in the face for all those Australians who are currently in lockdown. And it's just unacceptable behaviour, so personally I'm very pleased she'll be leaving."

On Sunday, network representatives for Big Brother VIP confirmed that the far-right commentator had been dropped from the show, with them telling the publication, "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."

Also on Sunday, Hopkins insisted that she didn't break any quarantine rules while in Sydney, writing besides her Instagram Live video, "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 (sic) need the dignity of work and lockdown is the Greatest Hoax in Human History."

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