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SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton leaves Royal Navy position ‘over Black Lives Matter comments’

Ant's tweet angered some fans

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SAS: Who Dares Win star Ant Middleton has been forced to quit his position in the Royal Navy over a Black Lives Matter tweet.

The TV star, 39, began his role as Chief Cadet in November, and at the time said he was honoured to be chosen.

In a now-deleted tweet, the Channel 4 star labelled protestors of George Floyd’s death as “scum”.

Ant Middleton
SAS: Who Dares Wins’ Ant Middleton has stepped down from the Royal Navy (Credit: Channel 4)

What did Ant Middleton tweet?

“The extreme left against the extreme right,” he wrote. “When did two wrongs make a right.

“It was only a matter of time. BLM and EDL are not welcome on our streets, absolute scum. What a great example you are to your future generation. Bravo.”

Following his decision to quit his position, a source close to Ant told The Sun: “He never thought he’d be given such a difficult choice.

“But he has decided to take matters into his own hands and step down.”

They added: “He’s gutted.”

It’s a major blow for SAS: Celebrity Who Dares Wins star, who was reportedly faced with the choice of being sacked or stepping down voluntarily.

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Ant Middleton’s apology

At the time of the backlash, Ant issued an apology to those who he had offended.

“On Saturday night, I made comments about violence breaking out across our streets,” he told The Mirror.

‘While I remain dismayed at these actions, I am horrified to realise that my wording could be misconstrued.

“I did not mean to say that BLM are scum, or to imply that BLM and the EDL are equivalent. I was trying to make a comment about violent protesters of any kind who I despise.

He then went on to add that he is “anti-racist” and “anti-hate” of any kind.

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Ant sparked controversy when he hit out at COVID-19, insisting the pandemic was being taken too seriously.

“Has my life changed? No. Am I going to let some disease, COVID-19, dictate my life? Absolutely not. Get out there, don’t change, [Bleep] COVID-19!” he tweeted.

The TV hardman later apologised for being “insensitive”.

He also received backlash earlier this year when he called Anthea Turner, 59, a “grandma” on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.

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