SAS: Who Dares Wins stars Jason Fox and Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham will both return for the next series of the show.
The Sun can reveal Foxy and Billy have signed new contracts and are keeping their jobs after their pal and co-star Ant Middleton was sacked over his “personal conduct”.
Jason (left) and Mark (right) will return to SAS: Who Dares Wins – but Ant (centre) will notCredit: PA
Tough-talking Ant was given the boot after publicly downplaying the seriousness of Covid and also calling out Black Lives Matters protesters as “absolute scum”.
There had been uncertainty in the camp over the fate of the other stars of the show, but popular pair Foxy and Billy have avoided the axe.
The new series will air in May and applications for the 2022 series, which will be filmed later this year, are now open.
A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Foxy and Billy will be part of the new series, airing next year.
Jason Fox will be on the team when the Channel 4 show returns next yearCredit: Channel 4
Mark ‘ Billy’ Billingham has also signed a new contract for the tough reality showCredit: Refer to Caption
“Other members of this elite squad will be confirmed nearer the time.”
We can also reveal that the search for Ant’s replacement has now gone international – and bosses are considering recruiting a brutal US Navy Seal.
The Sun understands producers have struggled to find anyone with the same “star quality” and charisma of Ant, and are widening their scope to add an international flavour to the show and “ruffle some feathers”.
The Selection USA is the same format as SAS and has been described as even more brutal than its British counterpart.
The broadcaster has taken an axe to the original line-up – chopping Ant MiddletonCredit: Handout
Ant, seen here with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, won’t be returningCredit: Twitter
Heading up the team is ex-Navy Seal Marcus Capone, a 6ft 4in giant and in the US special forces for 13 years until 2013.
Producers are keen on a Seal as it’s the direct equivalent of Ant, who was in the Special Boat Service.
A source said: “They want to add an international instructor to the cast for the next series later this year and are especially keen on a Seal, it’s got glamour and they know having a tough talking American on the show is only going to add some star quality.
“It may also ruffle a few of the other instructors’ feathers, as they feel it’s all a bit too matey at the moment, they want it to be edgy on and off the camera.
TV bosses could recruit ex-US Navy Seal Marcus Capone for the seriesCredit: Alamy
A new series of SAS: Who Dares Wins will air in May this year on Channel 4
“There are some in the camp who think this is a brilliant idea, while others have reservations how it’ll work and the public opinion on a former Seal and whether they think it’s diluting the show. There’s nothing more prestigious than the SAS.”
Ant was sacked for his inappropriate behaviour, where four female crew came forward and claimed he made “lewd and suggestive comments”.
He also posted a “tough-love” video message last March 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. There was more social media backlash in June after he posted a video of violence at anti-racism protests in London.
The SAS-based reality show has been a mainstay on Channel 4 for yearsCredit: Handout
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.”
A Channel 4 spokesperson said at the time of his sacking: “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.”
Applications for Series 7 of SAS: Who Dares Wins are now open. Have you got what it takes? Apply here: https://channel4.com/4viewers/takepart/SAS