SAS Who Dares Wins is gone: Ant Middleton says Channel 4 woke PC patrol has destroyed show
Ant Middleton: 'Snowflakes' don't belong on SAS: Who Dares Wins
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Ant Middleton appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss being dropped from SAS: Who Dares Wins with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. Channel 4’s statement blamed Ant’s “personal conduct” for his departure but the former Royal Marine claimed he had told the broadcaster he wanted to quit with show bosses responding by sacking him first. Addressing the future of SAS: Who Dares Wins, Ant argued it was no longer “authentic” because of the “PC patrol”.
Ant began: “The Channel 4 statement is very reckless and desperate. Especially backed by excuses like the BLM tweet, I did that just under a year ago and I settled that.
“A few months later I filmed a few more series of SAS: Who Dares Wins.”
Piers asked about his response when bosses revealed they would be axing the star but Ant explained he first heard about the news from the media.
“I heard that last night from a media tabloid,” Ant confirmed. “It’s all smoke and mirrors.”
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“From the last episode of SAS: Who Dares Wins it became a half-scripted reality show,” he continued.
“I said, ‘I’m not going to film anymore,’ but I wanted to depart in a healthy way.
“They knew I was going then all of a sudden they dropped this bomb. They are protecting their brand, they got in there before me.”
Addressing the reports he had made “inappropriate comments” to female staff, Ant said: “All these excuses coming out, you’re on SAS: Who Dares Win.”
“We say inappropriate things. If you get offended then so be it,” he added.
“The course is a hard course, you are going to see inappropriate things but it’s never direct, it’s what someone has seen on the show.
“If they feel offended or want to complain they can complain anonymously, they can. It’s not direct, it’s something indirect they have complained about.”
“The PC patrol has kicked in to the point we can’t say anything or be ourselves,” Ant argued. “It’s been so controlled and managed and inauthentic.
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“What they’ve seen or heard is talk between alpha males, army chat, it’s never direct.
Piers pointed out the Channel 4 statement claimed bosses had several talks with Ant over his behaviour.
“I have been butting heads with production, butting heads with health and safety, with the channels for the last two, three series since they have taken more and more control from me,” he revealed.
“I have said I will walk off set and told the production to keep away from my space, my course so it can be authentic.”
Piers asked the former Royal Marine whether he thought the show should continue without him and Ant explained the show no longer fits with the broadcaster.
“It’s a reality show now, the PC patrol has taken over. You can’t give an authentic experience cause it is too brutal and too raw,” he argued.
“It doesn’t belong at Channel 4. If they are going to put a new stamp on it. It cannot stay authentic like it is, it’s a brutal alpha male military course.”
Channel 4’s statement read: “Ant Middleton will not be taking part in future series of SAS: Who Dares Wins. Following a number of discussions, Channel 4 and Minnow Films have had with him in relation to his personal conduct it has become clear that our views and values are not aligned and we will not be working with him again.”
Good Morning Britain airs on ITV on weekdays at 6am. SAS: Who Dares Wins is available to stream on All 4 now.
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