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Nine drops Pauline Hanson following ‘controversial’ comments about Melbourne COVID-19 lockdown

One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson has been dropped from her regular contributor role on Nine’s The Today Show after comments she made this morning about the Melbourne residents currently in lockdown following a COVID-19 outbreak.

Hanson called the residents locked in the Melbourne towers drug addicts and alcoholics, and said they don’t speak English, which is why they didn’t follow social distancing regulations.

Speaking to Today host Allison Langdon, Hanson refuted claims the residents haven’t been given access to food and amenities, saying a “truckload” of food had been delivered to them. She also said people were sick of the “bleeding hearts” and dismissed comments that the government should have attempted to reach out to residents in other languages to ensure the message was understood.

“Why should we? Why should we put everything out in someone else’s language when you come to Australia,” Hanson said.

“We should not be putting out literature in their own language. Learn to speak English when you come here to this country. That’s a big problem that we have in Australia.”

Nine’s director of news and current affairs, Darren Wick, said Hanson would no longer be a regular contributor to the show following her comments.

“We don’t shy away from diverse opinions and robust debate on the Today Show. But this morning’s accusations from Pauline Hanson were ill-informed and divisive. At a time of uncertainty in this national and global health crisis, Australians have to be united and supportive of one another. We need to get through this together,” he said.

Hanson is a former regular contributor to Seven’s Sunrise, but quit the segment in 2019 over her treatment by presenter David Koch. Hanson’s fee for the show was being donated to charity at the time she quit. It isn’t known how she is paid for her work with Nine.

Nine also dropped Sam Newman from its lineup earlier this year over his comments about George Floyd, who Newman called a “piece of shit”, “crackhead”, and a “pornstar”.

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