Katie Hopkins has been axed from the upcoming season of Australia's Big Brother VIP after apparently admitting to deliberately disobeying the country's strict hotel quarantine rules.
The former UK Apprentice star turned far-right commentator arrived in Australia this week and was immediately placed into two weeks of quarantine in a government-mandated hotel.
On Saturday, the 46-year-old reportedly said in an Instagram live video she was deliberately disobeying quarantine rules by taunting guards and opening her hotel room door without a mask.
Her actions quickly drew a wave of criticism and, on Sunday, the Seven Network – which airs the reality TV show – said she would not feature in the upcoming season.
It said in a statement: "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."
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Australia’s health minister Greg Hunt condemned Hopkins’s actions as "dangerous and irresponsible".
He said: "These actions, if accurately reported, are dangerous, irresponsible and apparently deliberate.
"We know that at the moment the UK has the highest reported daily case numbers in the world and so this is a particularly dangerous and irresponsible action.
"Katie Hopkins has called it out herself, she’s boasted of this so last night I contacted the minister for home affairs Karen Andrews, but Karen had already referred the matter to the Australian Border Force. That was going to be my request but she was already onto this.
"Border Force is considering it right now. In my view, if the facts are borne out of deliberately exposing someone to potential contact with a person who has not completed quarantine, then the strongest action should be taken.
"My view is if the stories are accurate, instead of Big Brother watching Katie Hopkins, Katie Hopkins should be watching Big Brother from a long long way away."