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Why is Ant Middleton still appearing in SAS: Who Dares Wins on Channel 4?

The hit Channel 4 series is back for its sixth run on the channel Chief Instructor Ant Middleton

SAS: Who Dares Wins is back on screens tonight with some familiar faces, a new member of Directing Staff and bunch of new recruits.

The hit Channel 4 series is back for its sixth run on the channel with 21 men and women set to take on the gruelling, pushing themselves to the limit in the SAS-style selection process.

The new recruits are put through their paces by Chief Instructor Ant Middleton and his team of Directing Staff, Foxy and Billy, are joined this year by a new DS, Melvyn Downes.

Melvyn, 55, replaces Ollie Ollerton who departed the programme last year.

But some fans watching may wonder why Ant is still a part of the series after being dropped by Channel 4 earlier this year.

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Two SAS series were already filmed prior to the decision, one with civilians and one with celebrities, which will air later this year.

But planned future series being made in the coming months for 2022 will feature a new line-up.

In March of this year, Channel 4 released a statement and said they will not be working with Ant again.

A spokesperson told the Mirror : "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."

Ant tweeted after the news broke said said: "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.

Directing Staff Foxy, Ant, Melvyn and Billy. (Image: Pete Dadds/Channel 4)

"Thanks to everyone that took part and made the show what it is. Really excited about the future and what’s coming this year."

Ant came under fire last June following a tweet about Black Lives Matter protesters.

He released a video less than 24 hours later and said: "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. The word scum was used to describe the people in the video that were violent, that were causing terror on the streets of London and setting a bad example for our future generations."

Ant was also criticised over comments he made about coronavirus last March.

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