Caitlyn Jenner comes under scrutiny for campaigning for Governor of California since the hotel quarantine in Australia – but she insists this is just proof of her tireless work ethic.
The Republican candidate, 71, is halfway through her two-week stay in quarantine before an appearance on the Big Brother VIP reality show, though recall elections are less than two months away.
She defended her decision to fly to Sydney for a television engagement, telling Fox News on Sunday that “[un]like most politicians, I honor my contract.
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Controversy: Caitlyn Jenner comes under scrutiny for campaigning for California governor since quarantine of hotels in Australia – but she insists this is just proof of her tireless work ethic
Jenner spoke to US media by phone from her hotel suite in Sydney, where she was pictured last week pulling a cigarette from the balcony.
Although the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has not confirmed her involvement with Big Brother VIP, for which she is believed to have received AU $ 500,000, she said her visit to Australia has been scheduled for “months.”
“I’ve had this in the books, this show that I’ve been doing here in Australia, for months and months,” Jenner explained.
Busy schedule: The Republican candidate, 71, is halfway through her two-week stay in quarantine before an appearance on the Big Brother VIP reality show, though the recall election is less than two months away
The Olympic gold medalist faces backlash from both sides of the Pacific for her decision to travel from California to Sydney for a reality show.
Many Americans are unsure why she would run for office from overseas as the recall campaign comes to an end.
And Australians are angry that a hotel quarantine has been given to a foreign celebrity while 30,000 Australians remain stranded abroad due to border closures.
Double duty: Jenner defended her decision to fly to Sydney for a TV engagement, telling Fox News on Sunday that ‘[un]like most politicians, I honor my contract ‘
For her part, Jenner says her campaign team “continues to work” in California while they fulfill their contractual obligations to Channel Seven, the television station that broadcasts Big Brother in Australia.
She says she will be back “at least a week” before the ballots are sent to voters.
“I’ll be back and our bus tour will begin, and next month we’ll be talking to people,” Jenner told Fox News.
A source previously told TMZ Jenner was committed to Big Brother before announcing his candidacy for governor of California on April 23, and insisted it would not interfere with his political ambitions in the States. United.
Return plans: The Olympic gold medalist says she will be back “at least a week” before the ballots are mailed to voters. “I’ll be back and our bus tour will begin, and next month we’ll be talking to people,” Jenner told Fox News.
She is running as a Republican on a platform to make California a more business-friendly state with lower taxes and fewer regulations, as well as closing the border, leading the COVID-19 recovery and the fight against affordable housing and the homeless crisis.
His reported trip to Australia threatens to put the brakes on his already long run for governor.
A major May poll showed Jenner ranked fourth among GOP prospects with just 6% support.
Veteran: Caitlyn, who started her 14-day mandatory quarantine at the hotel, is no stranger to reality TV, having appeared on Keeping Up With the Kardashians since 2007. Caitlyn is pictured on the far left, so that she was known as Bruce Jenner and that she lived as a male
In this poll, conducted by the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, Jenner followed Republicans Kevin Faulconer, former mayor of San Diego; John Cox, former candidate for governor in 2018; and Doug Ose, a former congressman.
The poll also showed that only 36% of voters are in favor of Newsom’s recall, suggesting he has a good chance of retaining his seat.
Jenner, however, dismissed the poll results as “out of date.”
New Location: Big Brother VIP begins filming at Sydney Olympic Park in the coming weeks. The last two seasons of Big Brother were filmed in a warehouse in Manly (pictured), but producers were forced to move after receiving an eviction notice
Rabies: The international arrival has aroused the ire of Australians who are prohibited from entering or leaving the country, many of whom have been separated from loved ones since the start of the Covid pandemic. Australians opened up about their rage on social media on Friday
“Honestly, I’m not worried about the ballot,” she said, according to Politico. “I guarantee you I’m in the lead.
“I have a huge advantage, obviously because of the name recognition. ”
Jenner is no stranger to reality TV, having appeared on Keeping Up With the Kardashians since 2007.
Big Brother VIP is the second celebrity-themed Big Brother format to air in Australia, following a first season released in 2002.
Alleged roommates include Vanderpump Rules star Jax Taylor, Jamie Doran from The Bachelorette and Angela Clancy from last season of Big Brother Australia.
Prior Agreement: A source previously told TMZ Jenner was committed to Big Brother before announcing his candidacy for California governor on April 23, and insisted it would not interfere with his political ambitions in the USA