Saturday 18 November 2017

'Lost all respect for you Lucy' - Lucy Kennedy facing backlash for filming Living with Lucy with controversial Katie Hopkins

Katie Hopkins and Lucy Kennedy. PIC: Lucy Kennedy Twitter
Katie Hopkins and Lucy Kennedy. PIC: Lucy Kennedy Twitter
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Lucy Kennedy is facing backlash online for filming an episode of her series Living with Lucy with controversial figure Katie Hopkins.

A new series of the show returns to TV3 in the autumn and will see Lucy spending several days living with various celebrities including Daniella Westbrook, Michael Healy-Rae, and Hopkins who is known for her outspoken, often outrageous, views.

The 42-year-old British personality was recently sacked by radio station LBC after she said a "final solution" was required following the Manchester terror attack.

"22 dead - number rising," she tweeted on 23 May. "Schofield. Don't you even dare. Do not be a part of the problem. We need a final solution #Manchester."

On Saturday Lucy tweeted a photo of herself with Katie captioned, "Guess who I'm living with?  #livingwithlucy @KTHopkins"

The tweet prompted an overwhelmingly negative response on Twitter.  Many people pointed to instances where Hopkins had expressed controversial views and questioned why Lucy and TV3 would give her air time.

Irish film director Lenny Abrahamson also reacted to her tweet, writing, "The ghost of the person you hoped you'd become, watching you, judging you?"

While the majority of reactions were negative, Lucy did receive some support from some followers.

Independent.ie contacted Lucy Kennedy and TV3 for comment.

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