Ant Middleton: SAS star compares himself to Piers Morgan
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Ant Middleton’s SAS: Who Dares Wins replacement, Rudy Reyes, 49, has taken a swipe at his predecessor saying that he doesn’t say “misogynistic things” and has more “decorum” and “combat experience”.
Former US Marine Corps hero, Rudy, has taken Ant Middleton’s place as Chief Instructor on the hit Channel 4 survival show after he was axed in March.
Ant, 41, left the show after four women allegedly accused him of making “lewd and suggestive comments” during filming of SAS, which Ant denies, saying he only ever engaged in “military banter”.
Ex-soldier Ant was also criticised after tweeting in June that Black Lives Matter protesters were “absolute scum” and saying the Covid pandemic would not stop him carrying on with life as normal.
He later deleted the tweet and apologised for his comments, clarifying: “At no point was I calling the BLM scum and comparing the two organisations. The word scum was used to describe those who were causing terror and setting a bad example for the future generation.”
Ant recently slammed Channel 4 in a foul-mouthed rant in which he said his former employers were “w***ers” and too preoccupied with “box ticking” and “political correctness”.
He had previously said he was unhappy with the direction SAS was taking and claims he was on the verge of quitting before TV bosses gave him the boot.
In quotes obtained by The Sun, Ant said: “We weren’t pretending to be anything other than what we were – uncompromising alpha males from the military.
“That’s obviously the opposite of the show they want now. The woke patrol have their victory, and I’ll be very interested to see where the series goes next.”
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Now, Rudy has hit back at the former Chief Instructor saying he has “decorum” and doesn’t say “misogynistic things”.
He told the publication: “I just think I have decorum and don’t curse and say misogynistic things while everyone is listening.
“That’s the difference, and I have more combat experience – and if that makes me woke, then fantastic.”
Rudy also revealed he was approached by SAS producers to join the show a year ago, months before Ant was sacked.
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Born in Kansas, Rudy was raised in poverty after being abandoned by his mother.
He was taken into care when he was 12 and spent his teenage years at the Omaha Home for Boys where he says he learnt about hard work and how to defend himself.
He joined the US Marines in 1998 and carried out more than 50 patrols in Iraq and Afghanistan before leaving the military in 2005.
Since then, he worked as an actor and starred in the 2020 BBC documentary Once Upon A Time In Iraq, which he believes brought him to the attention of SAS producers.
The show came at the right time as Rudy says he was struggling financially before accepting the SAS role, so much so that he couldn’t afford to buy his fiance Jade, 23, an engagement ring.
He has already filmed two series of the hit Channel 4 survival show in Jordan, which will be aired next year.
Ant on the other hand is now Chief Instructor on SAS Australia, which is broadcast on the country’s Seven Network.
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