After her Mail Online contract ended and was not renewed - as Zelo Street had correctly predicted and then confirmed when it happened - the speculation began. Who would be foolish enough, given the libel payouts that had been made either by her, or Mail Online, because of her rantings, to give her a berth? After all, she had been built up as increasingly popular - so the outlets would be queuing up to sign her.
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But there was, as Captain Blackadder might have observed, only one thing wrong with this idea - it was bollocks. Nobody who really mattered gave a flying foxtrot about Hatey Katie. There was no approach from the convocation of the terminally batshit otherwise known as Breitbart, and no permanent niche carved out for her at Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse). So it was on to the very minor players.
Now the news has arrived that Ms Hopkins has been signed up by Ezra Levant’s wacko far-right rant site Rebel Media. That’s the same Rebel Media that signed up Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson. Lennon has brought the channel privacy invasions galore, his attracting a suspended prison sentence for the little matter of committing contempt of court in Canterbury, and other wonders of the video world.
Those included illegally identifying an HM Border Force agent when Lennon took exception to having his passport checked on return to England from holiday. So Hatey Katie is in suitably exalted company, then. Rebel Media has issued a gushing press release which has generated very little attention (as usual with this source).
“We're proud to announce that one of the UK's most controversial and popular commentators, Katie Hopkins, has joined The Rebel team! … She'll be writing a regular column at her new site, HopkinsWorld - as well as posting video commentaries, and filing exclusive investigative reports from around the globe!” Perhaps it will explain what happened to that schools speaking tour that never happened. Perhaps not.
What we do get is the usual mix of victimhood and paranoia. “The aim of Hopkins World is to tell the stories not being told. And to help your voice be heard at a time when too many of us feel the list of things we can’t say is longer than the list of things we can … When so many platforms are under the control of the Saudis, tied to fickle commercial advertisers or beholden to special interests and religious lobbyists, it is a real thrill to find a place for us to speak without censorship”. Under the control of the Saudis? Just f*** right off.
Ditto “religious lobbyists”. The only reason she rocked up at Rebel Media is that no-one else wanted anything to do with her. Perhaps an earlier Rebel Media report, where the site told “Katie Hopkins tells audience to ‘arm themselves and fight back’ … Katie Hopkins gave a speech in California … Among other things, she claimed that London is controlled by a Muslim ‘mafia’”, holds the key. She’s not dealing from a full deck.
So now she’s reduced to scratching for scraps from whoever will give her a platform. But after Rebel Media - it always ends in tears with Hatey Katie - it won’t be a case of down, but out. The age of Katie Hopkins was for a time, but not for all time.