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Reason Jackie O dodged quarantine

Jackie O Henderson has revealed why she was not required to quarantine after travelling from Melbourne to Sydney this week, after a COVID-19 cluster forced production of The Masked Singer to halt.Speaking on KIIS FM on Wednesday, Henderson said NSW Health advised her she did not have to self-isolate after travelling from Melbourne despite the…

Jackie O Henderson has revealed why she was not required to quarantine after travelling from Melbourne to Sydney this week, after a COVID-19 cluster forced production of The Masked Singer to halt.

Speaking on KIIS FM on Wednesday, Henderson said NSW Health advised her she did not have to self-isolate after travelling from Melbourne despite the NSW government’s mandatory 14-day isolation period.

According to The Masked Singer judge, it was because she had already completed 14 days of hotel quarantine after the coronavirus outbreak shut down filming in Victoria last month.

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Speaking to radio co-host Kyle Sandilands, she said she was told that if she had returned to the scene of the outbreak – Docklands studios – she would have had to isolate again.

Host Osher Gunsberg, who also returned to Sydney this week, was in the same boat.

“I was a close contact so I had to quarantine as did pretty much everyone for 14 days,” Jackie explained.

“Now because we’ve quarantined for that 14 days, if we had of at the end of that gone back into our Melbourne studios to film that finale, we would not have been able to return to Sydney without having to do another two weeks’ hotel quarantine because we’ve broken the bubble.”

It comes months on from public outcry over double standards when fellow judge Dannii Minogue was able to avoid hotel quarantine after jetting to Australia from LA.

Unlike the majority of overseas travellers arriving to the country, Dannii didn’t spend 14 days in a state government-mandated hotel – instead bunkering down in a palatial Gold Coast property from when she landed in July.

It prompted social media erupting with claims of preferential treatment, with the star responding that she “went by the book”.

“I wouldn’t ask for a ‘celebrity’ treatment or to have anything special granted to me. I went by the book, I made sure my priority was keeping everyone safe – everyone,” she said.

The last episode of the Channel 10 show on which Jackie and Dannii both star was meant to be filmed two weeks ago but was cancelled just two hours before showtime due to a crew member testing positive to COVID-19.

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Seven dancers were proven to be infected after a testing blitz among the crew, with the virus cluster growing to 16 just days later.

All cast and crew were forced to quarantine in Melbourne for two weeks before producers made the decision to allow Jackie O and Osher to return to Sydney, and Urzila Carlson to New Zealand.

But Channel 10 was adamant it would film a grand finale, and last night that became a reality.

Jackie O, along with host Osher Gunsberg, filmed from a Sydney studio, while judges Dannii Minogue and Dave Hughes filmed from Melbourne.

Urzila Carlson, meanwhile, filmed from New Zealand.

“We are ambitiously filming the finale via green screen with people in two different countries, two different states and three different locations and they’re keying us in as if we’re all together in studio,” Jackie said today.

“Urzila is quarantining in this hotel (in New Zealand) by herself so therefore she cannot have anyone enter her room to help her out with equipment. All she’s been given is some sort of GoPro to put on the top of her computer, she’s got a green sheet behind her and she has to do her own hair and makeup.”

She added of Urzila’s situation: “She did two weeks of quarantine before we started, then she did two weeks of quarantine because she was a close contact and now she’s doing a further two weeks so she’s six weeks quarantine.”

The Masked Singer grand finale is set to air next week.

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