Ant Middleton’s SAS: Who Dares Wins replacement has taken a swipe at the outgoing star, saying he doesn’t say ‘misogynistic things’.
Rudy Reyes is joining the Channel 4 series after Ant was told his services were no longer required after being met with fierce criticism for hitting out at the Black Lives Matter movement and allegedly using ‘inappropriate comments’ around a female cast-member.
The ex-soldier, 41, recently said he believes he was let go from the show because of the ‘woke patrol’ at the broadcaster but Rudy, 49, reckons it comes down to ‘decorum’.
Speaking out: Ant Middleton’s SAS: Who Dares Wins replacement Rudy Reyes has taken a swipe at the outgoing star, saying he doesn’t say ‘misogynistic things’
Speaking to The Sun, he said: ‘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 said he was approached by producers of SAS a year ago, months before Ant was axed.
Former actor Rudy was revealed as the show’s new chief instructor last month and has already filmed two series in the desert in Jordan which will air next year.
Replacement: Rudy is joining the series after Ant was told his services were no longer required after being met with criticism for hitting out at the Black Lives Matter movement and allegedly using ‘inappropriate comments’ around a female cast-member
Rudy joined the US Marines in 1998 and carried out over 50 patrols in Iraq and Afghanistan before leaving the military in 2005.
The soldier was raised in poverty after being abandoned by his mother and various family members.
He was taken into care when he was 12 and spent his teens at the Omaha Home for Boys and later rescued his brothers Caesar, now 48, and Michael, 47, from the same hme.
The publication also reports that at age 14, Rudy fought off an older boy who tried to rape him.
Candid: The ex-soldier, 41, recently said he believes Ant was let go from the show because of the ‘woke patrol’ at the broadcaster but Rudy reckons it comes down to ‘decorum’ (pictured in 2019)
Rudy was struggling financially before accepting the SAS gig, so much so that he couldn’t afford to buy his fiancée Jade Struck, 23, an engagement ring.
He said two other TV shows approached him last year with Jade encouraging him to say no to both because they were not of his ‘calibre’, with SAS calling the next day.
Speaking about some of the opinions that lead to Ant’s departure from the show, Rudy said: ‘This whole thing blows my mind. Who the f wants to hear what anyone has to say? I didn’t know about all the drama with Ant, but I am not intimidated by putting on boots, brother.’
It comes after Ant detailed how the ‘woke police’ influenced the much-loved programme he starred in, which led him to getting sacked.
In his new book Mental Fitness, Ant wrote that the SAS: Who Dares Wins producers ‘knew that I was going to jump so they pushed me first.’
Rudy said: ‘I just think I have decorum and don’t curse and say misogynistic things while everyone is listening’
Describing the tensions between him and the execs over health and safety restrictions, he said: ‘Unless this changes, I’m f***ing leaving. I’ll walk off set. I cannot have my recruits interrupted halfway through a task. You’re going to ruin the whole authenticity of the show. It’s out of hand.’
Six weeks later, Ant’s agents were called to say the ex-soldier wouldn’t be working on the show any more, which he described as the station ‘protecting their brand’.
He reflected: ‘The first series was so exciting and real because of its brutality. 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.’
Relationship: Rudy was struggling financially before accepting the SAS gig, so much so that he couldn’t afford to buy his fiancée Jade Struck, 23, an engagement ring (pictured in 2019)
Ant was also criticised last year for some of his posts about the coronavirus pandemic, saying in March he would carry on with life as usual during the outbreak.
He was reportedly forced to quit his role as the Royal Navy’s Chief Cadet after just nine months, after his controversial ‘scum’ tweet about Black Lives Matter protesters.
The TV tough guy, who took on the role in November, was said to have left his bosses furious after posting the since-deleted tweet, amid protests over racial injustice after the death of George Floyd in the US.
On June 14, he tweeted: ‘The extreme left against the extreme right. When did two wrongs make a right. It was only a matter of time. BLM and EDL are not welcome on our streets, absolute scum. What a great example you are to your future generation. Bravo.’
‘I’m f***ing leaving’: Ant recently detailed how the ‘woke police’ influenced SAS: Who Dares Wins – which saw him to getting sacked after anti Black Lives Matter comments
The tweet was in response to a video which claimed to be of ‘BLM/Antifa agitator hunting lone veterans and football lads in packs’.
Middleton subsequently apologised, releasing a video message, saying: ‘Within that tweet I mentioned the BLM and EDL and the word ‘scum’. At no point was I calling the BLM scum and comparing the two organisations. I want to make that really, really clear.
‘The word scum was used to describe the people in the video that were violent, that were causing terror on the streets of London and setting a bad example for our future generations.’
In his new book, Ant wrote of the incident: ‘I do regret posting them. I could have worded them better.
‘The points I wanted to make got taken out of context and I caused upset, which was never my intention.
‘The woke patrol have their victory’: Ant described how the ‘brutality’ of the show had been compromised by health and safety regulations that he found frustrating
‘I could have blamed other people for exaggerating or misinterpreting what I said, but that, at best, would have only been half the story. Only one person put those posts together, and only one person pressed send: Me.’
It came before a report by The Sun that Middleton told a female contestant he wanted to have sex with her while filming the hit show.
A source claimed his comment were meant to be in jest, but still prompted a member of the show’s production team to complain.
A representative for Channel 4 told the publication that measures are in place so any complaints from staff can be handled confidentially.
Middleton also denied claims of further inappropriate behaviour after it was reported four women had accused him of making ‘lewd and suggestive comments’ on set.
The women approached the media union Bectu, who told The Mirror they are planning to meet with Channel 4 after he dismissed his behaviour as ‘military banter’ during an interview on Good Morning Britain.
Ditched: A spokesperson for Channel 4 told MailOnline at the time of Ant’s axe: ‘It has become clear that our views and values are not aligned and we will not be working with him again’