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Rebel Media Cuts Ties With Racist “Nationalist” Star (Jan. 2019 Edition)

Brit Katie Hopkins once seemed dismayed by the presence of Black people in Toronto.

Tracking departures from The Rebel could be a full-time job. It used to be ours, in fact, until we realized that following the comings and goings of minor personalities at a far-right website was neither an especially healthy nor productive way to live one’s life.

But here’s one worth noting: Katie Hopkins is gone.

Though first spotted by Right Wing Watch earlier today, the lone Rebel contributor to become the subject of a Welsh rock musical appears to have been removed from the site’s masthead some time between December 3rd and 10th. She used to occupy a prominent place next to “Commander” Ezra Levant at the top, but in November was booted to the bottom, before being exorcised entirely the next month. Her last video was published on The Rebel’s demonetized YouTube channel at the end of October.

The “white genocide” booster, who once seemed dismayed by the presence of Black people in Toronto, was the biggest name remaining at a site that once served as the SNL of launching alt-lite careers, boasting such luminaries as Faith Goldy, Lauren Southern, Gavin McInnes, Tommy Robinson, Laura Loomer, and others whose names are mercifully no longer at the ready in our heads.

Hopkins’s departure also means that for the first time in nearly two years, there is no one on the masthead listed as a “Shillman Fellow,” a position subsidized by barcode-scanner magnate Robert Shillman. Robinson, a previous fellow, reportedly earned the equivalent of about $170,000 CAD per year from the site. Last year, Hopkins applied for insolvency following the loss of a high-profile defamation suit.

Having joined the site in January of 2018, Hopkins’s tenure lasted nearly a full year. Former Trump advisor Sebastian Gorka, Rebel Media’s other high-profile get last year, stuck around for just two and a half months.

In The Rebel’s 2018 annual report, Levant says that with the turnover at the site, they can continue their “exciting mandate of recruiting and developing new talent.”

We’ve reached out to Levant and Hopkins for comment, because this seems like as good a time as any to check in.

Top image: Actual thumbnail from The Rebel video about a correction Hopkins obtained from the Daily Mirror.

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