Monday 26 February 2018

'I didn't envy Lucy Kennedy - I wouldn't share an elevator with Katie Hopkins' - Holly Carpenter

Holly Carpenter at the #3Disco area at Electric Picnic. PictureBrian McEvoy
Holly Carpenter at the #3Disco area at Electric Picnic. PictureBrian McEvoy

Holly Carpenter

Lucy Kennedy faced some backlash this month when she tweeted that she would be staying in Katie Hopkins' house in her latest series of Living with Lucy.

Many of the TV3 presenter's followers were extremely unhappy with the controversial Hopkins (right, with Lucy) being given air time.

I think Living with Lucy, which first aired back in 2008, is a really lighthearted and entertaining programme. I love getting an insight into famous people's day-to-day lives and a peek inside their homes.

I took part on the Six O'Clock Show last year when it was the Seven O'Clock Show and Lucy was a presenter. I found her so warm and easy to chat to, so I have been a big fan ever since.

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

I have to admit, my initial reaction to the news that Lucy would be bunking in Hopkins' Bristol home was shock and disappointment. I was so surprised that after every sexist, racist and downright nasty remark Hopkins has made, TV3 would still decide to work with her.

I was pretty sure her 'career' was over when back in May, Ms Hopkins was sacked by LBC radio station after a tweet that called for a "final solution" to Islamic terrorism, which some suggested was a reference to the extermination of Jewish people by Hitler.

Although LBC never publicly linked the tweet to Ms Hopkins' firing, the decision came after a concerted campaign, which included petitions and promises by high-profile personalities not to appear on the station until she was removed.

With such bad press surrounding her, including being branded 'Britain's most hated woman', I still couldn't get over the fact that Lucy would be including her in her TV programme which has been successful so far.

I certainly didn't envy her having to spend so much time with a woman I wouldn't even share an elevator with.

I know they say 'all publicity is good publicity' but surely no one wants to be linked to Katie Hopkins.

Katie Hopkins, Lucy Kennedy on Living with Lucy, TV3
Katie Hopkins, Lucy Kennedy on Living with Lucy, TV3

I was unsure about what way the show would go and whether Hopkins would manage to brainwash Lucy into seeing her point of view.

In the end, I was glad to see that Lucy took it as an opportunity to blast Hopkins who tried to claim that her vile tweets "helped people think".

I hailed Lucy when she interrupted her and said what most people were thinking: "No, they just make people think you're an absolute b**ch."

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