Saturday 24 March 2018

Katie Hopkins 'to host chat show'

Katie Hopkins could be hosting a chat show, according to reports
Katie Hopkins could be hosting a chat show, according to reports

Controversial reality TV star Katie Hopkins is reportedly being lined up for her own chat show.

She is working with digital channel TLC on the show, according to Broadcast Magazine which said it was still in the planning stages.

The channel declined to comment, but Hopkins has worked with them before - making My Fat Story which saw her put on more than three stone in weight and then lose it again in a bid to back up her controversial views on weight loss.

Hopkins is a controversial figure and regularly clashes with other celebrities. Earlier this week she was at the centre of an online row with ex -footballer Robbie Savage over comments she made about dementia patients "blocking beds".

The former Wales international, an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society, said he was "mortified" by the Sun columnist's tweets as his father Colin died at 63 after fighting the disease, which is thought to affect 850,000 people in the UK.

The row erupted when Hopkins wrote on Twitter: "Dementia sufferers should not be blocking beds. What is the point of life when you no longer know you are living it? Bang me over the head.

"The day I am diagnosed with dementia is the day I book my ticket to Dignitas.

"Ultimately, if your family member is in hospital with dementia because you are not caring for them - you have no right to be outraged."

In a phone-in with Phil Williams on BBC Radio 5 live, Savage accused the Celebrity Big Brother finalist of making "stupid naïve comments".

Match Of The Day pundit Savage said: "I spoke to my mother, my mother's in tears. I've been in tears tonight because I lost my hero, my father, from a disease which people know nothing about. Going on Twitter to vent some stupid naive comment beggars belief. I'm mortified."

Joe Rafferty, Mersey Care NHS Trust's chief executive, has urged Hopkins to issue an "unreserved apology" for her comments on dementia.

In an open letter to her, he wrote: ""Everyone at Mersey Care is campaigning to change stereotypical, negative, old-fashioned views about dementia, as all it does is perpetuate the stigma.

"Dementia does not take away the person, a fact many of our activists, service users and carers can testify to. It would have been more helpful if you had researched the facts before speaking out and hurting those people who least deserve such ill-educated criticism.

"In only 140 characters of an ill-thought through tweet you have managed to insult people living with dementia and denigrate the efforts of their carers as well as NHS staff up and down the country; I would encourage you to issue an unreserved apology.

"We live in a society where freedom of speech is valued and I am sure you will argue that you are as entitled to your opinion as anyone else. But when populists speak without the facts then you cause distraction and hurt that makes it difficult to solve the big problems that matter to family, friends and neighbours, because these are the very people your prejudice damages.

"You are fortunate they are not as ill-informed as yourself. Only this morning one of our service users replied to you, saying: "sad that you think like this, but I forgive you because you know not what you say."

Press Association

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