Katie Hopkins removed from LBC after ‘final solution’ tweet

Safya Khan-Ruf - 26 05 17

Columnist and broadcaster Katie Hopkins will no longer be working at the radio station, LBC has confirmed, “effective immediately”. This comes shortly after Hopkins called for a “final solution” in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack where 22 people lost their lives.

LBC and Hopkins “have agreed” to part ways and Hopkins will no longer host a show there every Sunday. The radio station has declined to comment any further.

Earlier this week Hopkins tweeted:

“22 dead – number rising. Schofield. Don’t you even dare. Do not be a part of the problem. We need a final solution Machester [sic].”

Her tweet, made soon after the Manchester explosion, has since then been deleted but appeared to call for genocide, likely making allusion to the Nazi’s intended “final solution” to kill all the Jews they could.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police said on Tuesday they would review the tweet after several complaints were made: “We can confirm that a complaint has been received. As is routine, the allegation will be reviewed and assessed by specialist officers.”

Hopkins claims the tweet was a typo and later changed “final” to “true” according to The Independent.

Revelling in controversy

Hopkins is known for her controversial statements, which she makes regularly in person, on Twitter and in her column for the Mail Online. The Mail has not issued any statements on her removal from LBC.

Hopkins’ provocative comments have ranged from Islam and terrorism, to obesity and children’s names. In the past, Hopkins has said she wouldn’t hire someone obese as they looked lazy, that a child’s name indicated whether the parents were thick, and that being a full-time mother was not a job, just a biological status.

Last year, Mail Online was forced to pay out £150,000 after Hopkins falsely accused a Muslim family of extremism in her column. Then, earlier this year, writer and food blogger Jack Monroe won a libel action against Hopkins based on the columnist’s tweets that suggested Monroe approved of defacing a war memorial during an anti-austerity demonstration in Whitehall.

Hopkins appears to have commented on her departure in a tweet about life and lemons. She has said she is now writing a column about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.


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