Ant Middleton says he ‘fits in’ in Australia
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Ant Middleton, 40, was dropped by Channel 4 from SAS: Who Dares Wins over his “personal conduct”, following comments he made online last year. In a statement at the time, the broadcaster said it had “become clear that our views and values are not aligned”, however now the former soldier has spoken out and claimed the show will not work without him.
I’m in a completely different mindset
Opening up on the experience and skills he bought to the programme when it first began airing back in 2015, Ant said: “I’ve been out of the military now for 10 years, 10 years, that’s a long time.
“I’m in a completely different mindset. My priorities are different, my vision is different, my direction is different.
“But what I have to do in order to deliver an authentic show, which is what SAS Australia now is for me, I have to get back into that military mindset.”
“Now that is me going back 10 years. I almost feel like I’m going backwards when I do this show because that’s not me anymore,” he added.
The bestselling author admitted he is no longer a “military man” but works hard to get back into that mindset to create an authentic performance on the show.
He added while speaking on the James Smith podcast: “I’m not the military man, I’m not in the military.
“I’m in the f**king media now, I’m an author, I’m a businessman, I’ve got a brand.
“But it’s like I have to make a conservative effort to go back into that headspace to deliver my work, to deliver what I know, and to deliver what I have created.”
Ant says whether Channel 4 agree or not, he is a founding member of the programme and it has been successful based partly on his appearance.
He added: “I am Mr SAS, whether you try and replace me, whether you try and put someone in my position, it’s not going to work.”
James jokingly retorted: “It’s going to be like Top Gear.”
However, Ant is adamant that he does not believe he is irreplaceable but instead insists his “emotional connection” on the programme with the recruits is what made it special.
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He said: “This isn’t me saying I’m irreplaceable because nobody is irreplaceable, but that show is built through emotional intelligence.
“It is built through an emotional connection.”
Last June, amid increased Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd and tension between activists and far-right groups, he tweeted: “The extreme left against the extreme right. When did two wrongs make a right… BLM and EDL are not welcome on our streets, absolute scum.”
He later apologised and removed the post, describing himself as “anti-racist and anti-violence” and said that he had not intended to describe BLM protesters as scum.
Prior to his comments, Ant had told people to ignore safety measures implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic, vowing not to let the virus “dictate my life” and describing people who followed government guidelines as “sheep”.
He later said that he was “sheltered” from the situation in the UK, as he had been in New Zealand at the time.
On Twitter, the star said it was “time to move on” from the show, which has spawned two celebrity series featuring the likes of Katie Price, Joey Essex and former Olympian Victoria Pendleton.
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