The former ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ winner was speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about the abuse her teenage son Harvey receives from online trolls on a regular basis.
Claiming punishments were currently too soft, she said: “Is it strong enough to call my son a ‘black, blind n*****’? Is that not abuse?”
Moments later, she repeated the term in reference to the names Harvey is called online, and was scolded by the host, who interjected: “You don’t need to say it again.”
While Katie’s appearance obviously stirred up conversation about online trolling, she also sparked another debate about whether it was appropriate for her to use the offensive racial slur uncensored as a white woman, with pop singer Jamelia and ‘X Factor’ alumna Gifty Louise both admonishing her on social media.
Responding to the backlash in a new interview with The Sun, Katie insisted: “I didn’t plan to say that word on TV, it just happened. But I’m glad people are outraged.
Seizing the opportunity to discuss the online abuse towards Harvey, she continued: “He gets called worse things than that every day and it has to stop.
Shortly after her interview on ‘This Morning’, Katie posted a video on Twitter, in which she explained why she used the term, saying: “Yes I used the word n***** because that’s what people call my son.