Ant Middleton had a thing or two to say following the return of Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins
Ant Middleton has taken a swipe at Channel 4 following the return of SAS: Who Dares Wins on Sunday evening.
Season six of the gruelling military-style show will be the 40-year-old’s last and filmed before his row with the network in March.
And in a post shared on Instagram today, Ant explained that he was ‘pushed before he jumped’ when it came to leaving his position as Chief Instructor on the show.
Despite Channel 4 claiming he was let go from future series due to ‘personal misconduct’, the former Royal Marine vowed to keep it real against any ‘political agenda forced on him by work’.
He wrote: ‘Now you can see exactly what I’ve been fighting against the past couple of years!
‘I will always fight for authenticity and against any political agenda forced into my work! I will continue to fight it with a readied sword whilst never being afraid to lead the charge!’
He added in the lengthy post: ‘Unfortunately I fought this battle alone and you can clearly see now that I was pushed before I jumped…
‘I am not and never will be a YES man so if you want real, then you know where to come!’
The father-of-five took a further dig at Channel 4 by praising his work opportunity Down Under on SAS Australia.
‘Huge respect and gratitude to @channel7 here in Australia for giving me back control of my show and making @sasaustralia,’ he wrote.
Channel 4 explained they had let Ant go because of ‘personal conduct’ (Credits: Pete Dadds)
‘BY FAR the toughest and most authentic show on the planet! So proud to be part of the family! #realrecognisereal #leadingfromthefront #firstmanin #chiefinstructor.’
This comes after Channel 4 said in March that Ant would not be making future series of Who Dares Wins due to ‘personal conduct’.
Several people also complained about his ‘inappropriate comments’ towards female staff members on set, which he dismissed as ‘indirect and just military banter’.
Channel 4 said in a statement: ‘Ant Middleton will not be taking part in future series of SAS: Who Dares Wins.
Ant (second left) joins Foxy, Melvyn and Billy in the new series (Picture: Pete Dadds)
‘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.’
Their statement came after Ant announced his exit himself on Instagram, saying he had ‘decided it’s time to move on’.
‘Big respect to my fellow DS – its been a journey I’ll never forget. Thanks to everyone that took part and made the show what it is. Really excited about the future and what’s coming this year. Stay positive,’ he said.
Replying to a tweet from Piers Morgan, which said his firing was ‘absurd’, Ant replied: ‘Fired??? All will be revealed. See you soon.’
SAS: Who Dares Wins airs Sundays at 9pm on Channel 4.
Credit: Original article published here.