Ant Middleton was recently pushed out of his Channel 4 show, SAS: Who Dares Wins, after a number of complaints about his behaviour not only on social media, but also to crew members who have accused him of making “lewd and suggestive comments” to women.
Now, he’s told The Mirror that he was going to quit anyway, and is now looking for a streaming service to take on his ideas, or as Ant calls it, “doing a Clarkson”.
Jeremy Clarkson‘s behaviour on the set of Top Gear saw his contract not being renewed by the BBC, but since his exit from the show in 2015, he’s found great success under Amazon with his new show, The Grand Tour. And while The Grand Tour has been greatly affected by the current lockdown regulations that have severely reduced what filming can be carried out, each of the show’s hosts, Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, have been given additional solo shows.
Middleton is looking for similar success on a streaming platform. An insider told The Mirror the following:
“Ant feels there is the possibility to emulate what Clarkson did.
“He thinks there’s an audience for another military action hero-style show where he can be his authentic self.
“Ant has ideas he has been mooting to production companies.”
Since his leaving, Middleton describes SAS: Who Dares Wins as a “managed and inauthentic reality show”. He’s also apologised for his tweets about Black Lives Matter, which he admits were misread by Channel 4 who said their “views and values are not aligned”.