Kay Burley is flying back to the UK after flying to South Africa after Covid's infraction party where she was suspended by Sky News for being paid in full.
The embarrassed star, who was ordered off the air by angry bosses for six months after violating Covid's rules for their 60th birthday party, was spotted at Johannesburg Airport tonight, this time according to the rules, carefully filling out documents, to comply with the anti-coronavirus measures.
The presenter has spent the past seven days on her South African safari in a luxury lodge for £ 1,500 a night when London slipped into Tier 3 with rapidly rising infection rates.
But at check-in, clad in a white T-shirt with a matching face mask, the lively Kay looked unmoved as she handled the paperwork before heading to the BA lounge to wait for her first class flight home .
Kay Burley was pictured at Johannesburg Airport tonight flying home from a seven-day trip to a safari lodge for £ 1,500 a night
Burley was pictured filling out airport papers to make sure she was following Covid-19 rules – days after she was suspended by Sky News for breaking restrictions at her 60th birthday party
Ten days ago it was a very different story when the journalist was dragged over the coals for violating the lockdown rules by throwing a damp 60th birthday party in a private restaurant and then inviting three colleagues to her home in London.
Angry channel bosses told her to stay off the screen for six months while political editors Beth Rigby and correspondent Inzamam Rashid agreed to go off the air for three months.
Sources have told MailOnline that the journalist was flown 300 miles by light aircraft from the luxury wilderness cabin she was staying at at Richard Branson's Ulusaba Resort in Kruger National Park.
Well-trained staff conducted a military operation to keep their guest away from other guests during their stay.
Lively Kay, dressed in a white T-shirt with a matching face mask at check-in, looked unmoved as she handled the paperwork before heading to the BA lounge to await her flight home in First Class
It is believed that Kay and a friend stayed at the most exclusive Rock Lodge for £ 1,500 a night that she has stayed at before (pictured on the April 2019 safari).
In order to keep Kay's presence a secret, she was flown to Ulusaba by female pilots on a private charter.
Unlike other guests who shared game drive vehicles, Kay had her own Land Rover Defender driven by a dedicated guide who kept her away from other guests on safari.
It is believed that Kay and a friend stayed at the most exclusive Rock Lodge for £ 1,500 a night, where she has stayed on previous occasions.
The lodge offered her complete privacy, as the rest of Ulusaba's guests stayed in the Safari Lodge, which is 500 meters below her on a river bed.
Sources couldn't tell how Kay celebrated her 60th birthday on Thursday, but guests said it was likely reluctant as they didn't hear a party from Hillside Lodge
Sources have told MailOnline that the journalist was flown 300 miles by light aircraft from the luxury wilderness cabin she was staying at at Richard Branson's Ulusaba Resort in Kruger National Park
Although the Rock Lodge has spectacular panoramic views, Kay missed the breathtaking game viewing from the restaurant deck, where guests witnessed a leopard murder and daily visits to a breeding herd of elephants that gathered at the watering hole below the bar.
According to sources at the lodge, Kay was reluctant to leave her bush paradise on Friday, so she kept her private charter waiting on the runway for over an hour.
Sources couldn't say how she celebrated her 60th birthday on Thursday, but guests said it was likely reluctant as they didn't hear a party from Hillside Lodge.
Ulusaba means "place of little fear" and the hill or koppie was named by the local tribes for the tactical advantage it gave them in battle.
It overlooks a dam and a waterhole and offers guests enormous opportunities to spy on Africa's “Big Five” of lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalo.
As she set off for her vacation in Karrimor hiking boots, Burley seemed ready to rough it up, but nothing could be further from the truth in Ulusaba.
In 1994 Ulusaba was bought by Sir Richard Branson and converted into first class lodges.
According to sources at the lodge, Kay was reluctant to leave her bush paradise on Friday, so she kept her private charter waiting on the runway for over an hour
Some of the suites have their own plunge pools and most have balconies. Sitting by the pool you can see miles across the plains and order lunch while you bask in the sun.
High-end room rates include game drives with armed guards twice a day, all meals and drinks with a top quality wine list.
Kay apologized to her Sky colleagues and branded herself an "idiot" for throwing the party in Soho and inviting people to her home afterwards.
Following the incident, a leaked email from Kay, which was reportedly sent to her Sky News counterparts after the rumble of their party, admitted that she had admitted abandoning her team for violating coronavirus rules to have.
Kay, pictured at Johannesburg Airport today, apologized to her Sky colleagues and branded herself an "idiot" for throwing the party in Soho and then inviting people to her home
Burley had her own Land Rover Defender which was driven by a dedicated guide who kept her away from other guests during the safari. She visited the site last April (picture)
The message from Mail Online read, “Dear everyone, I'm an idiot. 'I'm really, really sorry. I know I have let so many of you down.
"I really can't say anything else to excuse my actions."
Political editors Beth Rigby and Kay took to Twitter shortly after their suspension was announced, long apologizing and insisting that their actions were accidental.
She wrote: “I have agreed to Sky News to resign from my broadcasting role for a period of time.
“I realize that we are all in the fight against Covid-19 and that we all have a duty to strictly adhere to the rules.
“It doesn't matter that I thought I was Covid compliant at a recent social event. The fact is, I was wrong, I made a huge mistake and I'm sorry. & # 39;
& # 39; Some dear friends and colleagues – some of the most talented and dedicated professionals in our business – have been drawn into this episode and I deeply regret this.
& # 39; I was one of the founding presenters of Sky News. Nobody is more proud of our station's reputation, the professionals on our team and the impact we make.
"I am very much looking forward to continuing my 32-year career at Sky upon my return."
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