The far-right commentator was quarantined at a government-mandated hotel in Sydney after arriving in Australia earlier this week to appear on the show. Big Brother VIP.
However, she reportedly said in a live Instagram video that she was deliberately breaking quarantine rules by mocking the guards and opening the door to her hotel room without wearing a mask.
On Sunday, Seven Network – which airs the reality show – confirmed that she would not appear on the show, issuing a statement saying she condemned her “irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine.”
But the row has now drawn the ire of Australia’s outspoken Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
Mr Joyce was previously known for his 2015 feud with Johnny Depp, after authorities claimed the actor and his then wife Amber Heard illegally brought their dogs to Australia on a private jet.
“I was the one who wanted to send Johnny Depp’s dogs home,” Joyce said. “I have no problem sending someone home who wants to break our laws. ”
“If you want to flout our laws, then pack your bongo and get out of the country. “
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Sunday that border forces had launched an investigation and Ms Hopkins’ visa could be canceled if it turns out that she violated her terms.
It came as the state of Victoria – which includes Melbourne – was quarantined for five days as the Delta variant of Covid-19 increased the number of infections. Sydney in New South Wales (NSW) has already been subject to restrictions.
About 12.2 million Australians, nearly half of the country’s population, are in detention.
In October 2020, Ms Hopkins angered passengers when she flew from LA to London without wearing a mask.