Katie Hopkins could walk away with full $200,000 appearance fee for Big Brother VIP due to ‘pay or play’ clause in her contract
Controversial commentator Katie Hopkins was recently fired from Big Brother VIP and deported from Australia for making fun of ignoring Covid rules during lockdown.
And despite not appearing on the show again, the 46-year-old may still be walking away with her $200,000 appearance fee due to a clause in her contract.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, there is a “pay or play” clause in Katie’s contract with production company Endemol Shine that allows her to keep her full fee for the show despite getting the axe.
Pay day! Katie Hopkins likely to keep her $200,000 Big Brother VIP fee, despite being dropped from the series and deported from Australia
In addition, Endemol and Channel Seven will also have to return the far-right star’s business class from London to Sydney, worth an estimated $60,000.
A spokesperson for Big Brother declined to comment on Katie’s contract.
Hopkins boarded a Singapore Airlines flight from Sydney at 3 p.m. Monday after her ‘critical skills’ visa was torn up by the federal government and she was fined $1,000 (£536) for quarantined naked and without a face mask. opening the door of her room in violation of the quarantine rules.
Australia has enforced strict border closures since the start of the pandemic, with tickets to the country being rationed and all arrivals forced to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine in their city of arrival, along with repeated tests before being admitted.
Not a fan: In addition, Endemol and Channel Seven will also have to cover the far-right star’s London to Sydney business class, worth an estimated $60,000
Hopkins had flown to Australia earlier this month and was placed in solitary confinement in Sydney for 14 days ahead of an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.
But while staying in a hotel room, she shared an Instagram Live video where she joked about deliberately breaking Covid rules by opening her door naked and without a mask to the workers delivering her food.
“The police officer who checked me in told me that when they knock on my door, I have to wait 30 seconds until I can open the door,” she said, breaking out hysterically.
Hopkins said she was ‘lurking’ to ‘spring’ [the door] open and scare them and do it naked without a face mask.’
After the comments sparked a huge backlash, Channel Seven dropped Hopkins from the show and her visa was canceled.
Deported: Hopkins boarded a Singapore Airlines flight Monday after her ‘critical skills’ visa was torn up by the federal government and she was fined $1,000 (£536) for opening her room naked and without a face mask opened in quarantine, naked and without face mask of quarantine rules
About 12 million Australians in Victoria and Greater Sydney are in lockdown due to an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta strain that began on June 16.
Under one of the strictest Covid border policies in the world, Australia has banned tourists and only allows 3,035 people per week to enter the country through 14-day hotel quarantine, leaving 40,000 Aussies stranded abroad.
But foreigners with critical skills visas are not always covered by the limit as they are supposed to bring ‘economic advantage’ to the country.
Provocateur: Hopkins rose to fame after her starring role in The Apprentice in the UK in 2007 and is known for her controversial views on race, sex, class, obesity and migration
Hopkins rose to fame after starring in The Apprentice in the UK in 2007 and is known for her controversial views on race, sex, class, obesity and migration.
Channel Seven has confirmed that she was booted by Celebrity Big Brother.
A spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia on Sunday: ‘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.”
Exit: Channel Seven has confirmed that she was started by Celebrity Big Brother. A spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia on Sunday: “Seven Network and Endemol Shine Australia confirm that Katie Hopkins is not part of Big Brother VIP.” (Pictured: Host Sonia Kruger)