Ant Middleton is preparing to have a big reunion with his old SAS: Who Dares Wins pals – and prove to everyone that he’s still the “top dog”.
The 40-year-old is flying out to Australia to star in their version of the show despite being sacked for his “personal conduct” by Channel 4.
While the former Special Forces soldier was given the boot from the UK show here, they are still contracted to appear Down Under, with Australia's Channel Seven publicly backing Ant.
He’ll be joined by his old TV comrade Olly Ollerton, who was also given the chop from the British edition.
They’ll be flying out to Oz with Jason Fox and Billy Billingham, who both survived, and will quarantine in a hotel under Australia's strict Covid rules.
Our insider reveals: “They’ll be arriving in Australia from the weekend onwards.
“Ant is determined to be bigger and brasher in this series, he won’t be acting sheepish after his sacking, far from it, he’ll remind everyone he's the top dog.
“He wants to give UK bosses something to think about, how can the show survive without their main man?
“They’ll be in pre-production first, where they’ll be doing a location recce and deciding on the tasks, and then it’s usually around eight days of filming, it’s a hard slog and they can be working 16-hour days.”
Tough-talking Ant was given the boot by Channel 4 over his “personal conduct” after publicly downplaying the seriousness of Covid and also calling out Black Lives Matters protesters as “absolute scum”.
Four women who worked with him also claimed he made “lewd and suggestive comments”.
Ant posted a “tough-love” video message last March urging his followers to carry on as normal despite coronavirus.
As the world rapidly went into lockdown, he faced a backlash and posted an apology. There was more social media backlash in June after he posted a video of violence at anti-racism protests in London.
He tweeted: “The extreme left against the extreme right. BLM and EDL are not welcome on our streets, absolute scum. What a great example you are to your future generation. Bravo."
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.”
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