Caitlyn Jenner ‘ditches campaign trail to compete in Celebrity Big Brother’

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Caitlyn Jenner is reportedly ditching the campaign trail in her bid to become California’s next governor to compete on Australia’s version of Celebrity Big Brother.

The reality television star and former Olympian announced in April that she was running in California’s election to recall governor Gavin Newsom.

So far, Caitlyn Jenner has failed to garner much support – and now she’s reportedly putting her campaign on hold indefinitely.

According to Australian newspaper The Advertiser, Jenner has landed in Sydney, Australia, where she will now quarantine for two weeks before taking part in Channel 7’s Celebrity Big Brother.

It has been reported that Jenner will be paid roughly $500,000 (£270,000) for the appearance.

Caitlyn Jenner said she is ‘honouring a work commitment’

If the reports are accurate, it is possible that Jenner would not make it back to California in time to vote in the recall election on 14 September.

Her rumoured Celebrity Big Brother appearance could also remove her from the campaign trail completely in the weeks leading up to the election.

Caitlyn Jenner appeared to respond to the speculation in a series of tweets on Friday (16 July), writing: “I have not paused my campaign at all. I am preparing to launch a multi-week bus tour across CA.”

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She added: “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.”

Jenner has not yet been officially confirmed as a contestant on the series.

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The news comes after a turbulent political campaign for Jenner. She first announced in April that she would run to become California’s next governor, but her campaign has failed to ignite significant public support.

A poll from May put her at just six per cent support, but Jenner has insisted that she is actually in the lead.

“Honestly, I’m not concerned about the polling,” Jenner said at her first campaign press conference, which finally took place 77 days after she announced her gubernatorial bid.

“I guarantee you that I am in the lead.”

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