SAS Australia instructor Ant Middleton has fired back at Britain’s Channel 4 over his sacking from SAS: Who Dares Wins, insisting he had already told them he would no longer be taking part in the show.
He has also branded the show as “unauthentic” and “half-scripted.”
This week a Channel 4 statement said after discussions in relation to his personal conduct their views and values were not aligned.
“Channel 4’s statement is very reckless and desperate, that’s the word, it’s desperate,” he told Good Morning Britain hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.
“It’s just them getting in there first, because they knew I was going… they wanted to protect their brand,” he continued. “It’s all smoke and mirrors.
“From the last episode of SAS: Who Dares Wins it became a half-scripted kind of reality show. Full control was taken from me, from health and safety to production and after that show I said ‘look I’m not going to film anymore. I’m done with SAS: Who Dares Wins.”
He continued, “When we started this off from day one, we had a great relationship with Channel 4. We said ‘let us be ourselves’ because our humour’s different, our composure is different, the way that we deal with situations is different and it allowed us to be us. It allowed us to be true to the military ethos therefore to give an authentic programme.
“And over the years PC patrol have kicked in, the woke patrol have kicked in to the point where we can’t say anything, we can’t be ourselves.
“It’s been so controlled and so managed and so unauthentic now that I’ve decided to completely walk away from it.”
He added, “I wanted to part in a healthy way, in a positive way. They [Channel 4] knew I was going. My future at SAS UK was no more. They knew I was going. And all of a sudden they drop this bomb about Black Lives Matter, that I’ve been axed. Ultimately what they’re doing is protecting their brand.”
A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “Our decision not to renew Ant Middleton’s contract and not to work with him again was solely based on his personal conduct off-camera and is not related to his on-screen persona as a DS.”
Middleton arrives in Australia soon with other DS staff to quarantine ahead of SAS Australia filming in April.