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Ant Middleton was ‘always fighting health and safety issues’ with Channel 4

Ant Middleton has stressed he was “always fighting with health and safety” issues after his controversial exit from the hit show SAS: Who Dares Wins.

The former British Army and Royal Marines hardman said he quit the hit show after five years, but broadcaster Channel 4 have stressed he was axed due to “improper conduct”.

It is alleged Ant made “inappropriate” comments to female crew members on the show.

But Ant branded Channel 4 “desperate” and “reckless” for their recent statement which pointed the finger at him for why he left the show.

Speaking to hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain this morning, Ant said the control of the show had firmly been taken out of his hands.

And the 40-year-old was angered at Channel 4’s handling of his departure.

“Full control was taken from me, it’s all smoke and mirrors,” slammed Ant.

“From the last episode of SAS: Who Dares Wins, it became a half-scripted sort of reality show.

“Full control was taken from me, from healthy and safety to production.

“And after that show I said I said ‘we’re not going to film anymore’. ‘I’m done’ with SAS: Who Dares Wins.

“But I wanted to part in a healthy and in a positive way. They knew I was going. My future with SAS UK was no more

“But then all of a sudden they drop this bomb about Black Lives Matters and that I’ve been axed.

“Ultimately what they’re doing is protecting their brand. They got in there before me.

“There’s a new protocol that came in their health and safety that if they feel offended, or they want to complain, they can complain, anonymously.

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“So it’s obviously something that they’ve seen. They’ve seen a bit of military banter. They’ve seen a bit of military humour.

“They’ve seen us talk about our crew or maybe a production member whilst we’re in the DS story or something like that, it’s not direct.

“It’s something indirect that they’ve complained about that they’ve that they’ve seen and they felt offended by.”

It is reported a number of staff raised concerns about Ant’s behaviour on the hit show, which puts recruits and celebrities through gruelling mental and physical challenges usually saved for the British Special Forces.

Channel 4 were believed to have held an investigation after the women felt they had been spoken to in an “inappropriate” manner.

But Ant stressed: “When we started this off, from day one, we had a great relationship with Channel 4, different people at Channel 4, great relationship at Minnow Films.

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“We said, ‘let us be ourselves, and whatever happened in the DS dorm, protect us because our humour is different, our composure is different, the way that we deal with situations is different’.

“It allowed us to be us, it allowed us to be true to the military ethos, therefore, to give an authentic programme.

“Over the years, PC patrol have kicked in, the woke patrol kicked in, to the point where we can’t say anything, we can’t be ourselves, you can’t even act on the ground without health and safety jumping in.”

“Yeah, I have butted heads with a lot of people over the last few series. And that’s why I have walked away from the series.

“But you know, you can take that inappropriately as you want. And you can interpret that as you want.

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“Yeah, I probably haven’t been easy to work with. But it’s only because the course wasn’t what it was, wasn’t what I created. ‘It isn’t the direction I wanted to go in.”

It is not the first time controversial Ant has found himself in hot water.

He quit his role as Chief Cadet of the Volunteer Cadet Corp with the Royal Navy after receiving unwanted backlash for a tweet he made about the BLM protest last year.

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He labelled BLM protestors as “absolute scum” and complained about the “extreme left” and “extreme right” taking to the streets in angry demonstrations.

In March last year Ant was forced to backtrack on controversial comments he made about the coronavirus crisis.

But only yesterday GMB presenter Morgan slammed Channel 4 for what he labelled “a spineless surrender to the PC police”.

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