Prime Minister Scott Morrison seemed lost for words when he was asked on-air about Caitlyn Jenner’s recent arrival to Australia.
The 71-year-old reality TV star flew from LA to Sydney last week ahead of filming for Channel 7’s upcoming series Big Brother VIP.
In an interview with Nova 919 hosts Ben Harvey and Liam Stapleton, Scott Morrison was put on the spot when questioned about the celebrity.
“With the whole nation in lockdown Scomo, how did Caitlyn Jenner get it?” one of the hosts asked.
After an extended pause, the Prime Minister responded, “Sorry?”.
He was then asked again: “Caitlyn Jenner, she’s in for Big Brother VIP, how did she get in?”
“Oh that would’ve been done with the various states, I assume, and working through what is a pretty lengthy exemption process,” Mr Morrison replied.
“But that’s not something I could give you any specifics about.”
Ben and Liam went on to joke about how you would assume that Caitlyn’s level of star power required an exemption directly from the Prime Minister of Australia.
“No, that’s taken in other levels,” Mr Morrison stuttered.
Caitlyn Jenner’s arrival to the country angered many Australians who remain stranded overseas and unable to fly home.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, who is currently in hotel quarantine, is rumoured to be getting paid $500,000 for her appearance on the Channel 7 series.
Jenner is also currently running for Governor of California and hasn’t ceased the political race despite being halfway around the world.
“I have not paused my campaign at all,” she tweeted shortly after arriving in Australia. “I am preparing to launch a multi-week bus tour across CA.
“I am honouring a work commitment that I had made prior to even deciding to run for governor. There is no pause at all on this race to save CA!
“My campaign team is in full operation as am I. I am in this race to win for California, because it is worth fighting for.”
Big Brother VIP is expected to air on Channel 7 later this year, with filming kicking off soon in Sydney Olympic Park.
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