Caitlyn Jenner is criticized for her campaign for California governor from a hotel quarantine in Australia, but she insists it’s just a testament to her tireless work ethic.
The Republican nominee, 71, is halfway through her two-week quarantine for an appearance on reality show Big Brother VIP, despite the recall election being less than two months away.
Defending her decision to fly to Sydney on a TV pledge, she said: Fox news on Sunday that'[un]like most politicians, I really honor my contract.’
Controversy: Caitlyn Jenner is criticized for California governor’s campaign over Australia hotel quarantine – but she insists it’s just a testament to her tireless work ethic
Jenner spoke to US media by phone from her hotel suite in Sydney, where she was pictured last week lighting a cigarette from the balcony.
While the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star would not confirm her involvement with Big Brother VIP, for which she reportedly received AU$500.00, she did say her visit to Australia had been planned for “months.”
“I’ve had this on the books, this show that I’m doing here in Australia, for months and months,” Jenner explained.
Busy schedule: Republican nominee, 71, is halfway through her two-week quarantine period ahead of an appearance on the reality show Big Brother VIP, despite the recall election being less than two months away
The Olympic gold medalist is being criticized on both sides of the Pacific for her decision to travel from California to Sydney for a reality show.
Many Americans are confused as to why they would rush to the office from abroad, given that the recall campaign is reaching the long run.
Meanwhile, Aussies are upset that a foreign celebrity has been placed in hotel quarantine while 30,000 Australians remain stranded abroad due to border closures.
For her part, Jenner says her campaign team will “continue to work” in California while fulfilling its contractual obligations to Channel Seven, the television network that broadcasts Big Brother in Australia.
She claims she will be back “at least a week” before the ballots are sent to voters.
“I’ll be back and our bus tour starts, and we’ll be talking to the people in the next month,” Jenner told Fox News.
A source previously told TMZ Jenner had committed to Big Brother before announcing her bid for California governor on April 23, insisting that it would not hinder her political ambitions in the US.
She works as a Republican on a platform to make California a more corporate state with lower taxes and less regulation, as well as closing the border, leading the COVID-19 recovery and addressing affordable housing and the homelessness crisis.
Her reported trip to Australia threatens to jeopardize her already long shot at the governorship.
An important May opinion poll showed Jenner ranked fourth among GOP hopefuls with just 6 percent of support.
In that poll, conducted by the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, Jenner followed Republicans Kevin Faulconer, the former mayor of San Diego; John Cox, a former candidate for governor in 2018; and Doug Ose, a former congressman.
The poll also found that only 36 percent of voters are in favor of Newsom’s recall, suggesting he has a good chance of keeping his seat.
However, Jenner dismissed the poll results as “outdated.”
“Honestly, I’m not worried about the polls,” she said, according to Politico. “I guarantee you I’m in charge.”
‘I have a huge lead, of course because of the name recognition.’
Jenner is no stranger to reality TV, having appeared on Keeping Up with the Kardashians since 2007.
Big Brother VIP is the second celebrity-themed Big Brother format to air in Australia, after a first season was created in 2002.
Rumored roommates include Vanderpump Rules star Jax Taylor, Jamie Doran of The Bachelorette and Angela Clancy from last year’s season of Big Brother Australia.