The controversial views of columnist and broadcaster Katie Hopkins have landed her — and the media outlets she has worked for — in hot water. In 2017 alone, she lost a libel action against poverty campaigner Jack Monroe and was sacked from her radio show after a tweet she made following the Manchester bombings.
My best period financially was probably two or three years ago, when I was hosting my radio show on LBC and doing other paid engagements. Sadly, my opinions have since made me unemployable. Fortunately, supporters in America, South Africa and Australia help to fund the work I do.
This is certainly an unkind view and it might even be wrong. But my impression has always been of someone straining just that little bit too much to be controversial. It’s a great gig if you get it just right – Mail online columns do pay £100k a year and up – but actively seeking to be pushing the envelope does risk tearing it.