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Paul Hogan reveals he’s FINALLY coming home to Australia for Christmas

He’s spoken about being homesick for Australia after being trapped in the US during the coronavirus pandemic, and now Paul Hogan has revealed he’s finally coming home.

In an interview with Today on Friday, the 82-year-old Los Angeles-based actor said he’ll be returning to Australia for Christmas.   

‘I’m surviving. I’m homesick, but I’ll be back for Christmas… Looking forward to the end of this stupid disease,’ he said. 

Home sweet home: He’s spoken about being homesick for Australia, and now Paul Hogan has revealed he’s finally coming home. Pictured on Today on Friday

While it’s not known if he’s returning for just a visit or something more permanent, a large cardboard moving box was visible in the background as Paul spoke with the morning show’s hosts from his LA home via video call.  

In an interview with Sunrise back in May, Paul said 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.

'I'm surviving. I'm homesick, but I'll be back for Christmas... Looking forward to the end of this stupid disease,' he said, referencing the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured in Sydney

‘I’m surviving. I’m homesick, but I’ll be back for Christmas… Looking forward to the end of this stupid disease,’ he said, referencing the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured in Sydney

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.

'Homesick': In an interview with Sunrise back in May, Paul said he was 'desperate' to return to Australia and leave his life in America behind

‘Homesick’: In an interview with Sunrise back in May, Paul said he was ‘desperate’ to return to Australia and leave his life in America behind 

'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.

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

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

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.

Locked in: When asked how he was coping with Los Angeles' recent crime wave, Paul simply said he 'doesn't go anywhere'

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

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

‘Where Paul lives is 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.

'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

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 US as soon as the coronavirus pandemic is over.

‘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 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’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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