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Katie Hopkins might have been deported from Australia this week, but it seems as though she'll still get a large paycheck for the trip.
She had been flown into the country to star in Channel Seven's Celebrity Big Brother alongside Caitlyn Jenner, who also arrived last week.
The Sydney Morning Herald has reported Endemol Shine, the production company behind Big Brother, paid Katie the full $200,000 she would have earned by appearing on the show thanks to a "pay or play" provision that requires the personalities to be paid their full sum even if the job is cancelled early.
The publication reports, however, Katie might not have received the payment if the contract carried a clause rendering the contract null and void if the talent breaches social media rules that bring them or the show into disrepute.
However, a source told SMH, "No one can shut Katie up, that’s the whole point of why she was hired."
Endemol and Seven also reportedly had to shell out $60,000 for travel expenses including business class flights from London to Sydney and back again.
While in quarantine, Katie called Covid lockdowns the "greatest hoax in human history" and said that she was planning to breach her quarantine by opening her door to the security guards nude and maskless.
In an Instagram video, Katie said: "I’ve been told when they bring three meals a day to the door … I have to wait 30 seconds before opening the door. And then I can open the door but only with a face mask."
Katie went on to claim that she was "lying in wait" in the bathroom until the knock came so she could "frighten the s**t out of them [the workers] and do it naked with no face mask".
Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews told ABC News Breakfast on Monday that Katie's visa had been cancelled.
"The fact that she was out there boasting about breaching quarantine was appalling," Ms Andrews said.
"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."
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