Ant Middleton to front SAS: Who Dares Wins Australia after Channel 4 sacking

Ant Middleton has been fired by Channel 4 but will continue to appear in the Australian version of SAS: Who Dares Wins, with the first series of the spin-off enjoying success Down Under.

The former soldier, 40, has appeared as the chief instructor on the competitive reality series since its 2015 inception, but the UK network has confirmed it will no longer work with Middleton.

In a statement shared with The Mirror, Channel 4 revealed they were cutting ties with the TV personality over his "personal conduct”.

However, Australian network Channel Seven has announced their plans to continue working with the former Royal Marine.

A representative confirmed the decision in a statement shared with Daily Mail Australia, promising series two would go ahead as planned.

They said: "Ant Middleton and his fellow DS (Directing Staff), Mark 'Billy' Billingham, Jason Fox, and Ollie Ollerton, will all be returning for the second season of SAS Australia which is currently in pre-production."

Casting for the new series is thought to already be underway, with wannabe recruits signing up to undergo a rigorous military testing regime.

Ant has spoken out over Channel 4's decision to terminate their relationship, tweeting: "After 5 incredible years I've decided it's time to move on from SAS Who Dares Wins UK.

"Big respect to my fellow DS – it's 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."

The Portsmouth-born star had fronted both the civilian and celebrity versions of SAS, which saw the likes of Joey Essex, Katie Price and Andrea McLean brave the harsh trials of the military.

Confirming their decision to move forward without Middleton, a Channel 4 spokesperson said: "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."

The network's decision comes after Middleton faced a backlash over a tweet he shared last summer, in which he appeared to call Black Lives Matter protesters "scum”.

On June 14, he tweeted: "The extreme left against the extreme right. When did two wrongs make a right. It was only a matter of time. BLM and EDL are not welcome on our streets, absolute scum. What a great example you are to your future generation. Bravo.”

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The tweet, which was met by an outcry, was written in response to a video of what was alleged to depict "BLM/Antifa agitator hunting lone veterans and football lads in packs”.

Middleton later issued an apology, saying: "I'd just like to clarify a tweet I'd put out at the weekend and deleted straight away once I'd re-read it and realised that it could cause offence.

"I put out a tweet or retweeted a video of the violence, the terror and chaos that was happening on the streets of London. ‘Within that tweet I mentioned the BLM and EDL and the word 'scum'.

"At no point was I calling the BLM scum and comparing the two organisations. I want to make that really, really clear."

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