PIERS Morgan slammed “spineless” Channel 4 for axing Ant Middleton and giving in to the “PC brigade” after his Black Lives Matter comments.
The Who Dares Wins star – who helped launch the show in 2015 – was axed following a series of high profile gaffes.
Piers Morgan defended Ant Middleton after he was axed
Now Piers has taken to Twitter to defend Ant, saying Channel 4 has “surrendered” to the “PC Police”.
Sharing a photo of Ant playfully strangling the Good Morning Britain host, he wrote: “Absurd that Channel 4 fired @antmiddleton for his opinions.
“He’s an SBS special forces war hero, what did they think they were hiring – a shrinking violet choirboy?
“Such a spineless surrender to the PC Police. Ant’s a top bloke – when he’s not strangling me.”
Piers took to Twitter to defend himCredit: Twitter
Ant appearing on Good Morning Britain alongside PiersCredit: Twitter
Ant was told of the sudden decision to axe him yesterday weeks ahead of the planned start date for the latest series.
A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “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.”
Tonight Ant said: “After five years on the show it just felt like I had achieved everything I could with the format.
Ant was fired from Who Dares wins after five years on the showCredit: Oliver Dixon – The Sun
“There’s so many other formats that I am working on now that feel more suited to who I am today.
“It’s been a brilliant experience being on that show but I’m honestly happy to let some new blood come in and put their own stamp on it.”
Veteran Ant resigned from his role as the Royal Navy’s Chief Cadet this summer, after bosses were left unhappy over his now-deleted tweet about Black Lives Matter protests.
A TV insider said producers realised what a great asset Ant was to the show but felt he had made one mistake too many.
He was reportedly fired for a series of public gaffesCredit: Pete Dadds. Channel 4 images must not be altered or manipulated in any way. This picture m
Filming has already completed on the sixth UK series of SAS: Who Dares Wins which will feature the former SBS star.
Ant will also star in a celebrity special this autumn. However he will not be invited to return in 2022.
Ant hit headlines in March 2020, when posted a “tough-love” video message on social media urging his followers to carry on as normal despite coronavirus.
As the world rapidly went into lockdown, he faced a backlash and posted an apology.
Ant and wife Emilie and their kidsCredit: Instagram
There was more social media backlash in June after Ant posted a video of violence at anti-racism protests in London.
He tweeted: “The extreme left against the extreme right. BLM and EDL are not welcome on our streets, absolute scum. What a great example you are to your future generation. Bravo.”
However, he later defended himself, telling The Sun: “If you have half a brain cell you will realise what I was talking about.
“It was the protesters fighting and violence and rioting in broad daylight.
“Everything I fought for abroad to stop happening on our shores.”