'Lost all respect for you Lucy' - Lucy Kennedy facing backlash for filming Living with Lucy with controversial Katie Hopkins
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.
Just 4 statements this vile Cretan has made about women & babies, never mind her remarks on Syria pic.twitter.com/r5nCx3HTWj— HollyCarpenter (@Holly0910) September 10, 2017
The same time she said that she also said she'd use gunships on refuges, she shouldn't be give the light of day on Irish tv— Sean O' Shea (@SeaniieOShea) September 10, 2017
She called dying and dead refugees cockroaches— Holly x (@hollyshortall) September 10, 2017
It's 1 (unforgivable) thing to give her airtime. It's a whole other (unforgivable) thing to pose smiling with her for likes.So disappointing— MayKay (@MayKapes) September 10, 2017
Ask her why she went to the Med to encourage a boatload of white supremacists trying to stop migrants from escaping sheer hell.— Paul Duane (@MrPaulDuane) September 10, 2017
Then think twice about what you're doing & ask your employer to scrap the whole idea.— Paul Duane (@MrPaulDuane) September 10, 2017
Lost all respect for you Lucy. You should have better principles. That woman shouldn't be given air time.— tricia (@triciawixted) September 10, 2017
I presume you're also living without a conscience.— Allan Cavanagh (@AllanCavanagh) September 10, 2017
Shame on you. All that woman wants is platform to spout her bigoted nonsense. You're better than this.— Maurice Ryder (@mushacles) September 10, 2017
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?"
The ghost of the person you hoped you'd become, watching you, judging you?— lenny abrahamson (@lennyabrahamson) September 11, 2017
While the majority of reactions were negative, Lucy did receive some support from some followers.
. stop, Luke. just stop. stop tying to censor the media. this is not North Korea.. if you don't like the woman, don't watch it. simple— Jeremy Dixon (@JeremyDixonDJ) September 11, 2017
Independent.ie contacted Lucy Kennedy and TV3 for comment.