Australians turn on ‘entitled’ Paul Hogan after he begged to return home


Paul Hogan said on Tuesday he was ‘desperate’ to return to Australia as his adopted home city of Los Angeles is battered by Covid-19 and a surge in crime.

But it seems Aussies are less eager to welcome back the once-beloved comedian, who abandoned his home country decades ago when his Hollywood career took off.

Hogan, 81, failed to win any sympathy from viewers when he told Sunrise hosts David ‘Kochie’ Koch and Natalie Barr he wanted to leave LA for good – only to then whinge about the prospect of completing 14 days of hotel quarantine.

Australians turn on ‘entitled’ Paul Hogan: The Crocodile Dundee star, 81, has been told to ‘stay in LA’ after he begged to return home on Tuesday. Pictured during his interview on Sunrise

There were many viewers whop flocked to twitter to share their thought’s on Paul’s ‘entitled’ attitude, including one who wrote: ‘Quarantine like everyone else… or stay in America.’

Another tweeted: ‘Wants to come back but won’t do Hotel quarantine, he’s not that desperate then if he won’t follow the rules.’ 

On Sunrise’s Facebook page, many shared the same sentiments, including one who said: ‘Quarantine like every other human being. You’re not special.’ 

‘He can’t be that desperate if he won’t Quarantine for 2 weeks,’ wrote another, as a third said: ‘He is home, he lives there, so what is he homesick about.’

Meanwhile another pointed out: ‘He said it!! Bored and sick of being locked down! That’s the only reason he wants to come to Australia.

They continued: ‘If covid wasn’t there you would not wanna come here. Stay where you are that’s your home that you made.’

However, there were a few who sided with the elderly comedic actor, including one who said: ‘Lot of mean people here. He is an elderly 81 year old fella obviously homesick. A bit of compassion wouldn’t hurt.’ 

‘Why can’t he come home??Every other person is flying in here! Get on a plane Hoges,’ another added.

In his interview with Sunrise, Paul spoken for the first time about his miserable life in crime-ravaged Los Angeles.

He revealed on Sunrise that he was ‘desperate’ to return to Australia and leave his life in America behind.

‘I am desperately homesick,’ he told hosts David ‘Kochie’ Koch and Natalie Barr during a video chat from his $4.5million LA mansion.

Paul lives in the once-elite beachside suburb of Venice, where a vast increase in homelessness has seen hundreds of tents line the beach’s famous boardwalk and resulted in a sharp increase in crime. 

‘You’re living in the country, alongside New Zealand, that’s the light of the world,’ Paul told the presenters.

‘And I’m living in LA County, which is 10 million people and half of them have got Covid. So am I homesick? You bet your life,’ he complained.

Locked in: 'Am I homesick? You bet your life': Paul Hogan admitted on Sunrise he's 'desperately homesick' and can't wait to leave his life in crime-ravaged Venice, Los Angeles

Locked in: ‘Am I homesick? You bet your life’: Paul Hogan admitted on Sunrise he’s ‘desperately homesick’ and can’t wait to leave his life in crime-ravaged Venice, Los Angeles

'Hell on earth': Paul lives in the once-elite beachside suburb of Venice, where a vast increase in homelessness has seen hundreds of tents line the beach's famous boardwalk and resulted in a sharp increase in crime

‘Hell on earth’: Paul lives in the once-elite beachside suburb of Venice, where a vast increase in homelessness has seen hundreds of tents line the beach’s famous boardwalk and resulted in a sharp increase in crime  

When asked how he was coping with Los Angeles’ recent crime wave, Paul simply said he ‘doesn’t go anywhere’.

‘[I’m] bored in lockdown, and the minute I can get on the plane without being locked in a hotel for two weeks, I’m back,’ he said.

The movie star went on to explain he ‘wouldn’t survive’ Australia’s mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine.

‘My son [Chance] would have to be with me… we’d strangle each other,’ he said.

'My son [Chance] would have to be with me, we'd strangle each other': The movie star went on to say he 'wouldn't survive' Australia's mandatory 14-day quarantine

‘My son [Chance] would have to be with me, we’d strangle each other’: The movie star went on to say he ‘wouldn’t survive’ Australia’s mandatory 14-day quarantine

Fears: Paul is holed up inside his 'fortress-like' $4.5million mansion with his son Chance, 23

Fears: Paul is holed up inside his ‘fortress-like’ $4.5million mansion with his son Chance, 23

Elsewhere in the interview, Paul said he was sick of anti-vaxxers in America, calling them ‘brainless cowards’.

‘They don’t care about anyone else. [They say], “I’m brave, I like freedom.” What about your grandma? You killed her. All of that gets on top of you, and I want to escape it for a while,’ he said.

Paul is currently holed up inside his ‘fortress-like’ $4.5million mansion with his son Chance, 23, according to reports.

'I can't wait for this stupid disease to go away so I can get out': The comedian revealed last year that he was itching to leave the U.S. as soon as the coronavirus pandemic is over

‘I can’t wait for this stupid disease to go away so I can get out’: The comedian revealed last year that he was itching to leave the U.S. as soon as the coronavirus pandemic is over

‘Where Paul lives in hell on earth,’ Paul’s neighbour Tyler Proctor, a local politician, told Woman’s Day on Monday.

‘His house is like a fortress and it needs to be. I can see why [he] wants to move out,’ Mr Proctor added. 

Paul moved to the United States permanently in 2005, after growing up in Granville in Sydney’s western suburbs.  

However, the comedian revealed last year that he was itching to leave the U.S. as soon as the coronavirus pandemic is over.

'I'm here out of paternal duty': Despite yearning to come back to Australia, Paul said he would remain living in Venice to be a part of his son Chance's life. Pictured in December 2016

‘I’m here out of paternal duty’: Despite yearning to come back to Australia, Paul said he would remain living in Venice to be a part of his son Chance’s life. Pictured in December 2016

‘I can’t wait for this stupid disease to go away so I can get out,’ Paul revealed in the News Corp podcast Evenin’ Viewers with Paul Hogan.

‘I’m like a kangaroo in a Russian zoo – I don’t belong here.’ 

Despite yearning to come back to Australia, Paul said he would remain living in Venice to be a part of his son’s life.

Paul shares Chance with his Crocodile Dundee co-star Linda Kozlowski, whom he married in 1991 before divorcing in 2014.

Terrifying situation: It comes as residents of Venice say soaring crime rates and the exploding homeless population have made life in the elite beachside community unbearable

Terrifying situation: It comes as residents of Venice say soaring crime rates and the exploding homeless population have made life in the elite beachside community unbearable

‘I’m here out of paternal duty because my kid is an American,’ he said.

‘My kid is a “Yaussie”, a yank Aussie, he went to school here, his friends are here, his band is here.’

Paul added that if Chance was prepared to move with him to Australia, Paul would be ‘out of here in a flash’. 

Tent city: The world-famous beach community, 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles, has traditionally been a major tourism drawcard for the Californian city. However, now the palm trees and promenade are blighted by hundreds of tents

Tent city: The world-famous beach community, 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles, has traditionally been a major tourism drawcard for the Californian city. However, now the palm trees and promenade are blighted by hundreds of tents 

Police patrol the Venice Beach Boardwalk on April 20, which has seen an explosion in homeless numbers during COVID lockdowns

Police patrol the Venice Beach Boardwalk on April 20, which has seen an explosion in homeless numbers during COVID lockdowns

It comes as residents of Venice say soaring crime rates and the exploding homeless population have made life in the elite beachside community unbearable.

Business owners say they are being forced to close their doors and longterm residents are afraid to leave their homes after dark after being subjected to violent attacks and intimidation. 

The world-famous beach community, 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles, has traditionally been a major tourism drawcard for the Californian city. 

Venice Family Clinic's Director of Homeless Services Dr. Coley King, left, treats Kenard Durr, center, at the world-famous beach. A homeless encampment at the beach has exploded during COVID lockdown (April 20)

Venice Family Clinic’s Director of Homeless Services Dr. Coley King, left, treats Kenard Durr, center, at the world-famous beach. A homeless encampment at the beach has exploded during COVID lockdown (April 20)

However, now the palm trees and promenade are blighted by hundreds of tents.   

Venice Neighbourhood Council member Soledad Ursua said the homeless encampments had exploded during the COVID-19 lockdowns. 

She said residents were afraid to be out after dark, and there were fights several times a day and shootings and stabbings on a weekly basis. 

Rubbish and waste litter the golden sands of Venice Beach. Anti-social elements have made it dangerous to go out after dark, residents say

Rubbish and waste litter the golden sands of Venice Beach. Anti-social elements have made it dangerous to go out after dark, residents say

Fights occur several times a day, while shootings and stabbings are common, say residents of Venice Beach, who are fearful of increased crime rates since the homeless encampments became permanent

Fights occur several times a day, while shootings and stabbings are common, say residents of Venice Beach, who are fearful of increased crime rates since the homeless encampments became permanent

‘It’s just a very dangerous time to be a Venice resident right now,’ she said.  

According to figures from the Los Angeles Police Department provided to the Venice Neighbourhood Council, the violent robberies in the neighbourhood are up 177 per cent from last year.

The same period has also seen a 162 per cent increase in cases of assault with a deadly weapon involving a homeless person.   

'Venice's world famous beach and boardwalk are crippled,' a letter to city and county officials from residents says

‘Venice’s world famous beach and boardwalk are crippled,’ a letter to city and county officials from residents says 

Meanwhile, hundreds of residents have put their signatures to a letter pleading for help from city and county officials.

‘Venice’s world famous beach and boardwalk are crippled,’ it says.

‘Local children are refusing to come to the beach because they’re frightened by what they’ve witnessed. Seniors who live on or near the boardwalk are terrified of walking in their own neighbourhoods.’  

According to figures from the Los Angeles Police Department provided to the Venice Neighbourhood Council, the violent robberies in the neighbourhood are up 177 per cent from last year

According to figures from the Los Angeles Police Department provided to the Venice Neighbourhood Council, the violent robberies in the neighbourhood are up 177 per cent from last year



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