Katie Olivia Hopkins
(born 13 February 1975) is an English media personality. She first came to notice in 2007 as a reality televisioncontestant and later became a columnist for British newspapers, initially The Sun (from October 2013) and later the MailOnline (from autumn 2015 until 2017).
Hopkins has been accused of racism by journalists, advocacy groups and politicians for her comments about migrants. Her role as a presenter for the radio station LBC was terminated in May 2017 following her comments on Twitter about the Manchester Arena bombing.
In 2016, Mail Online was forced to pay £150,000 to a Muslim family whom Hopkins had falsely accused of extremist links; and in a 2017 libel case, Hopkins was personally required to pay £24,000 in damages and £107,000 in legal costs to Jack Monroe after making defamatory remarks on Twitter. Later in 2017, Mail Online was forced to pay substantial damages and legal costs to a teacher about whom Hopkins had made false claims. A day before, in late November, it had become known Hopkins contract with the media outlet had not been renewed. Her final column was published on 5 October 2017. She joined the Canadian far-right website The Rebel Media in January 2018.
Katie Hopkins was born on 13 February 1975, in Barnstaple, Devon. Her father was an electrical engineer for the local Electricity Board and her mother was a bank teller. She has an older sister. She was raised in Bideford, attended a private convent school from age 3 to 16, played sports and learned to play the piano and violin. As a child she believed: "I was going to be the colonel of the forces. I loved the military. I loved the discipline, the rigour, the big shouty men".
Hopkins told Sathnam Sanghera of The Times in June 2015 that she applied to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Magdalen College, Oxford. She passed the Oxford University entrance exam, but was rejected at the interview stage. "Massively" disappointed, and putting the failure down to an absence of "a bit of coaching", she instead studied economics at the University of Exeter. She felt that her time at university was "redeemed" by her sponsorship from the British Army s Intelligence Corps, and spent her weekends with the Officers Training Corps. This she found really fun, lying around in forests with guns having a brilliant time".
She completed her military training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, but suffered an epileptic seizure during the final "passing-out" ceremony, and as a result was unable to take up her commission. Hopkins has admitted that she kept her epilepsy secret whilst attending Sandhurst as this would have prevented her from being commissioned.Instead, she joined a business consultancy and moved to Manhattan, New York, before returning to the UK in 2005. She joined the Met Office as a global brand consultant in September 2006.
Hopkins was allowed to take unpaid leave from her job from the Met Office as part of her probationary period of employment to take part in series three of the reality TV show The Apprentice in 2006. In the format used at that time, contestants in The Apprentice competed for a £100,000-a-year job working for British businessman, Alan Sugar. Hopkins rejected Sugar s offer of a place in the final episode of the programme, citing problems regarding childcare provision for her daughters, and withdrew from the competition at the end of the penultimate task. The episode gained 6.2 million viewers, while the following You re Fired! episode, in which Hopkins was interviewed, was watched by 3.1 million.
Throughout her tenure on The Apprentice, Hopkins made several critical comments on camera. The comments were directed at her fellow contestants, viewers of television shopping channels, maternity leave, fake tans, and overweight people. Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill writer Richard Curtis expressed his distaste for Hopkins, jokingly vowing to kill her when he accepted his Fellowship award at the 2007 BAFTA awards. When video clips of her comments about other candidates were shown on The Apprentice: You re Fired!, following up on the main programme, Hopkins explained that they were "quite funny". Michelle Mone, the founder of lingerie company Ultimo and a guest on the panel, verbally attacked Hopkins, calling her "exceptionally selfish", said she was not to be trusted, and accused her of giving "businesswomen a bad name". Sugar was criticised over his questioning of Hopkins about her childcare arrangements. He was accused of violating the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act. The incident received substantial media comment. Sugar argued his case in an interview with GMTV host Fiona Phillips, stating that he was aware of the rules.
In June 2007, Hopkins lost her job at the Met Office, which said that she did not meet the required standards to complete her probationary period, and confirmed that her performance on The Apprentice and confessions about her private life were a factor in her dismissal. Hopkins later stated that the media were informed of her dismissal an hour after she was fired. After her appearance on The Apprentice, Hopkins signed two deals to sell her story, one with the News of the World newspaper and the other with EMAP, the company behind Heat and Grazia magazines.
Hopkins said in an interview with BBC Radio Kent that she had great respect for Sugar, and that she believed she would have won the programme had she been in the final episode. She also said that the media s attitudes towards her did not affect her but did affect her family. She made a similar claim of hypothetical victory in an interview with Fiona Phillips on the morning of the final Apprentice episode, although Sugar had said that if she wanted to press on he would fire her, whoever she was competing with. Hopkins told BBC Radio 1 that she had not yet ruled out a media career but expressed interest in starting a business venture.
Katie Olivia Hopkins Birthday is: 13 February 1975.