Hopkins ‘immediately’ leaves LBC radio after calling for ‘final solution’

23rd Jun 2017


Elham Asaad Buaras

MailOnline columnist Katie Hopkins, 42, has left Leading London’s Conversation (LBC) Radio on May 26. A spokesperson for LBC Radio confirmed: “LBC and Katie Hopkins have agreed that Katie will leave LBC effective immediately.”

The London-based station refused to confirm or deny that Hopkins had been sacked, or give details of the severance. Asked for further details, a spokesman said: “That’s all we’re saying.” However the former Apprentice TV star hinted she was sacked telling Fox News that “generally” there is a “silencing” of people with right-wing views.”

It comes just days after the Hopkins tweeted remarks in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.

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

Hopkins quickly deleted the tweet, changing “final” to “true”. Hopkins responded to queries about the revision, claiming: “I stand by my tweet. I find the typo disrespectful to the survivors of Manchester.”

Hopkins was also reported to the police for the comment. A spokesman for the Met Police confirmed a complaint had been received and that the allegation was being reviewed and assessed by specialist officers.

Last month Hopkins was reported to the police after remarks she made in the wake of the arrest of a man in Whitehall on suspicion of plotting a terror attack. She was accused of a hate crime after tweeting: “Explosion in France, shooting at a German hospital, knife attack in London. And Ramadan has not yet begun. Without food these sods get nasty.”

On April 17 2015, Hopkins wrote a column in The Sun in which she compared migrants to “cockroaches” and “feral humans” and said they were “spreading like the norovirus”. She wrote that gunships should be used to stop migrants from crossing the Mediterranean. Her remarks were condemned by the UN High Commission for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein who urged the UK to “curb incitement to hatred” by its “tabloid newspapers”.

He stated that Hopkins used “language very similar to that employed by Rwanda’s Kangura newspaper and Radio Mille Collines during the run up to the 1994 genocide. He also noted that both media were subsequently convicted by an international tribunal of public incitement to commit genocide. Amid a spike in violence between Palestinians and Israelis in 2014, Hopkins courted controversy by describing Palestinians as “dirty rodents”.

“2 state solution my arse. Filthy rodents burrowing beneath Israel. Time to restart the bombing campaign,” she wrote on Twitter.

The tweet led to calls for her prosecution for inciting racial hatred. While such tirades are well in keeping with the Hopkins brand, lawyers at the time said that this particular tweet had a chance of leading to a successful prosecution.

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