SAS: Who Dares Wins have unveiled the most recent member of their really hard-nosed group ahead of the return of the civilian series on Sunday.
Melvyn Downes, fifty five, who led operational excursions in Iraq and Northern Ireland and served more than two many years in the Armed Forces, will seem along with Ant Middleton for the new series filmed right before the latter was axed from the demonstrate.
In March Ant was dropped by Channel 4 bosses owing to his ‘personal carry out,’ with the soldier fiercely denying statements that he was axed for building ‘inappropriate’ opinions to female staff members.
Grand return: SAS: Who Dares Wins have unveiled the most recent member of their really hard-nosed group ahead of the return of the civilian series on Sunday
Melvyn is the to start with mixed-race member of the SAS group, recruited to exchange Ollie Ollerton who departed the demonstrate last year.
He will seem along with Ant, Jason Fox and Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham on the demonstrate, which will see a new group of civilians set via their paces when it hits screens this weekend.
Obtaining served in excess of twenty decades in the Armed Forces, Melvyn also spent 12 decades in the SAS and is now a Scout Chief, and insisted that his placement on the demonstrate is not only to increase Channel 4’s ‘diversity generate.’
New deal with: Melvyn Downes, fifty five, who led operational excursions in Iraq and Northern Ireland and served more than two many years in the armed forces, will seem in the new series
He explained to The Sun: ‘I know men and women are heading to say it really is all about race, but I you should not see it that way.
‘To be a component of this programme you’ve got obtained to be competent to do the work, which is range a person.
‘Because I had 24 decades in the British military services, obtained to senior rank as a Warrant Officer and led plenty of SAS functions, I think I have obtained the vital practical experience to start with of all to back it up.’
Father-of-three Melvyn grew up on a council estate in Stoke and for the earlier ten years has been living in Dubai doing the job for both British Scouting Overseas and corporate stability.
The new series will also characteristic a surprise twist with a person of the Directing Team heading undercover amid the 21 recruits using component.
Coming shortly: The civilian series was filmed right before Ant (pictured) was axed by Channel 4 bosses for his ‘personal conduct’
This civilian series and the approaching celeb variation, had been both recorded last year right before Ant, who is now in Australia filming that country’s variation of the demonstrate, was axed from the demonstrate by Channel 4 bosses.
A spokesperson for Channel 4 explained to MailOnline at the time: ‘Ant Middleton will not be using component in upcoming series of SAS: Who Dares Wins.
‘Following a range of discussions Channel 4 and Minnow Movies have had with him in relation to his private carry out it has develop into crystal clear that our views and values are not aligned and we will not be doing the job with him all over again.’
Ant then ‘wholeheartedly’ denied statements he ‘joked about obtaining intercourse with a female contestant’ on after earlier hitting back at statements he made improper opinions to female staff members.
A spokesperson for Ant explained to MailOnline at the time: ‘Ant has worked on Television set sets close to the planet for lots of decades and has never ever at any level been accused of talking inappropriately by anybody.
‘He has only at any time been educated of these allegations, which he wholeheartedly and emphatically rejects, via the media.
‘If anybody felt that he did say something verbally offensive we would have anticipated a official system of evaluate but no these kinds of discussion has at any time taken put either via any of the networks he is effective for or via bodies these kinds of as Bectu.’
Ditched: A spokesperson for Channel 4 explained to MailOnline at the time: ‘It has develop into crystal clear that our views and values are not aligned and we will not be doing the job with him all over again.’
It came next a report by The Sun that Ant was heard telling a contestant he required to have intercourse with her via his microphone through filming.
A source claimed his comment had been meant to be in jest, but however prompted a member of the show’s creation group to complain, as it was alleged he claimed: ‘I’m heading to f**k you after this.’
A agent for Channel 4 explained to the publication that steps are in put so any complaints from staff members can be handled confidentially.
Ant also denied statements of more conduct after it was reported 4 women had accused him of building ‘lewd and suggestive comments’ on set.
The women approached the media union Bectu, who explained to The Mirror they are scheduling to meet with Channel 4 after Ant dismissed his conduct as ‘military banter’ through an interview on Good Early morning Britain.
It was also reported that Ant threatened to stop SAS: Who Dares Wins multiple occasions and ‘acted like a Hollywood star on the set’ right before he was finally axed.
Clearly show: It arrives amid statements Ant is scheduling on ‘doing a Jeremy Clarkson’ (pictured in 2019) next his exit from the demonstrate by returning to Television set on a streaming assistance
A source explained to The Sun: ‘Ant cherished to be the star attraction and appeared to think the demonstrate required him more than he required it – and would act like that on set. He threatened to stop on many occasions.
‘It felt like some type of social gathering act, like he was untouchable. He did the identical all over again in concerning filming the civilian and celeb versions, which are filmed back-to-back. But no a person thought his stop threats. No a person is even bigger than the demonstrate.’
Soon after his axing, Ant appeared to just take a swipe at Channel 4 as he shared a snap of himself with Australian soccer star Sabrina Frederick, composing on Instagram: ‘Don’t utilize a lion if you want a kitten!’
Ant statements he was dropped from the demonstrate owing to ‘butting heads’ with the group after he claimed it had develop into ‘more of a fact show’.
He also claimed that Channel 4’s dealing with of his departure from the demonstrate was ‘reckless and desperate’.
The former soldier claimed he was making ready to stroll absent from the demonstrate due to the fact the ‘PC Patrol’ had taken in excess of and it was no lengthier authentic.
Hitting back: Ant not too long ago ‘wholeheartedly’ denied statements he ‘joked about obtaining intercourse with a female contestant’ on SAS: Who Dares Wins
In April it was then claimed that Ant is planning on ‘doing a Jeremy Clarkson’ next his exit from SAS: Who Dares Wins.
In accordance to The Sunday Individuals, Ant is hoping to return to tv via a streaming assistance and is scheduling to technique firms with a world-wide-web Television set format.
A source claimed: ‘Ant feels there is the possibility to emulate what Clarkson did. He thinks there is certainly an viewers for yet another military services motion hero-fashion demonstrate where by he can be his authentic self.
Ant was also criticised last year for some of his posts about the coronavirus pandemic, declaring in March he would carry on with lifetime as common through the outbreak.
He was reportedly compelled to stop his position as the Royal Navy’s Main Cadet after just nine months, after his controversial ‘scum’ tweet about Black Life Make any difference protesters.
The Television set tricky dude, who took on the position in November, was claimed to have still left his bosses furious after submitting the due to the fact-deleted tweet, amid protests in excess of racial injustice after the demise of George Floyd in the US.
Hitting back: The adventurer insisted he is ‘never at any point’ been accused of talking inappropriately, after earlier denying statements he created inappropriate opinions to female staff members
On June 14, Ant tweeted: ‘The serious still left towards the serious correct. When did two wrongs make a correct. It was only a make any difference of time. BLM and EDL are not welcome on our streets, complete scum. What a excellent instance you are to your upcoming technology. Bravo.’
The tweet was in reaction to a video clip which claimed to be of ‘BLM/Antifa agitator looking lone veterans and soccer lads in packs’.
Ant subsequently apologised, releasing a video clip message, declaring: ”Within that tweet I stated the BLM and EDL and the phrase ‘scum’. At no level was I calling the BLM scum and comparing the two organisations. I want to make that really, really crystal clear.
‘The phrase scum was applied to explain the men and women in the video clip that had been violent, that had been causing terror on the streets of London and location a poor instance for our upcoming generations.’
Controversy: It came next a report that Ant was heard telling a contestant he required to have intercourse with her through filming, leading a member of creation to complain to bosses