Inside Ant Middleton’s life: the cancellation of Who Dares Wins, the backlash against BLM, and what’s next.
Ant Middleton made his farewell appearance on Channel 4’s Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins earlier this month, but the broadcaster’s decision to fire him has been met with backlash.
Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins’ season finale aired earlier this month, along with chief instructor Ant Middleton’s farewell performance.
The 41-year-old British explorer stated earlier this year that his contract with Channel 4 had not been renewed.
Ant made the statement shortly after receiving fire for provocative social media posts about the Black Lives Matter movement and the coronavirus pandemic.
He was reportedly accused of making ‘inappropriate comments’ to female staff members later.
Ant retaliated in a later interview with Good Morning Britain, claiming that the broadcaster would never deal with him again due to his “personal behaviour.”
He has since worked in Australia, but what exactly happened to him that led to his dismissal?
Ant first sparked public outrage in June 2020, when he sent a controversial tweet in which he was chastised for equating the Black Lives Matter movement with the English Defence League.
“The extreme left fighting the extreme right,” Ant commented with a video showing anti-racism protests. BLM and EDL are scum and are not welcome on our streets.
“You set a wonderful example for your children and grandchildren.” Bravo.” The Extreme Everest host was also chastised for appearing to minimize the seriousness of coronavirus in an Instagram video.
“Am I still out roaming the world?” Ant remarked in the video, which is understood to have clashed with Channel 4’s Stay At Home messaging. Yes.
“Do I continue to shake hands?” Yes. Is it true that I’m still snuggling airport passengers? Yes. Is it true that I always wash my hands and maintain a good level of hygiene? Yes.
“Has anything changed in my life?” No. Will I allow a sickness, Covid-19, to rule my life? Certainly not.
“F*** Covid-19, get out there and don’t change.”
On March 1, Ant was notified of the decision to release him.
“Ant Middleton will not be appearing in future series of SAS: Who Dares Wins,” a Channel 4 spokeswoman said in a statement.
“Following several discussions with Channel 4 and Minnow Films about his personal conduct, it has become evident that our ideas and principles do not align, and we will not be working with him again.”
Ant made an appearance on Good Morning Britain shortly after his termination. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.