Why was Ant Middleton sacked from Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins? | The Sun

SAS: WHO Dares Wins is back for 2023, but one familiar face still remains missing from the show.

This is because Ant Middleton, who held the role of Chief Instructor on the Channel 4 series, was sensationally sacked in 2021.

Why was Ant Middleton sacked from SAS: Who Dares Wins?

Ant Middleton was axed from the show after a series of high profile gaffes, which included a tweet about the Black Lives Matter movement.

There was a social media backlash in June 2020 after Ant posted a video of violence at anti-racism protests in London.

He tweeted: “The extreme left against the extreme right.

"BLM and EDL are not welcome on our streets, absolute scum.

"What a great example you are to your future generation. Bravo."

The same month, Channel 4 set out a "new and clear commitment" to being an anti-racist organisation and said Ant's tweet “in no way represent the views of Channel 4”.

He was informed of the decision by Channel 4 to let him go on March 1, 2021.

A spokesperson for the channel said: "Ant Middleton will not be taking part in future series of SAS: Who Dares Wins.

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“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.”

Reports also circulated that Middleton had been fired after female crew members raised concerns regarding "inappropriate comments" he had made.

Middleton denied any knowledge of making such comments.

The broadcaster has since said it will never work with him again due to his "personal conduct".

What has Ant Middleton said about being sacked?

After it was revealed he had been axed from SAS: Who Dares Wins, Ant took to Instagram and said: “After five years on the show it just felt like I had achieved everything I could with the format.

“There’s so many other formats that I am working on now that feel more suited to who I am today.

“It’s been a brilliant experience being on that show but I'm honestly happy to let some new blood come in and put their own stamp on it.”

Discussing what happened for him to lose his job, he tolf The James Smith podcast: “Witch hunt? I never thought that existed until the latest shenanigans with SAS UK.

“Ultimately people can see through it and know I was pushed before I could jump.”

Speaking about the BLM tweet, Ant had previously defended himself at the time, telling The Sun: “If you have half a brain cell you will realise what I was talking about.

“It was the protesters fighting and violence and rioting in broad daylight. Everything I fought for abroad to stop happening on our shores.”

Middleton said comments he had made on set were simply “military banter”, and said Channel 4's statements were “very reckless and desperate”.

The ex-Special Forces soldier told Good Morning Britain: “The excuses that keep coming like inappropriate comments… it's all smoke and mirrors.”

What does Ant Middleton do now?

Since his departure from the UK version, he has also continued in his role of Chief Instructor on SAS Australia: Who Dares Wins along with Matthew Ollerton.

He has appeared on the series since its inception in 2020 and has remained on the show ever since.

It is reported Ant has made £4.5million since leaving Channel 4.

Who has replaced Ant Middleton?

Initially former military man Rudy Reyes took over from Ant as Chief instructor.

For the 2023 series of SAS: Who Dares Wins, – Mark "Billy" Billingham is now the CI.

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