PUBLISHED: 09:34, Thu, Aug 13, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:03, Thu, Aug 13, 2020
Ollie Ollerton, 49, has spoken out on his departure from SAS Who Dares Wins after being part of the Channel 4 show since it launched in 2015. The military veteran was part of the team of Directing Staff on the programme alongside chief DS Ant Middleton, Jason “Foxy” Fox and Mark “Billy” Billingham.
The Directing Staff push recruits, including celebrities and members of the public, to their mental and physical limits in military-style tests.
Ollie has now claimed his exit from the show is part of Channel 4’s “diversity drive”, as four middle-aged white men are at the centre of the series.
Breaking his silence on the decision, he said: “I’m disappointed and shocked at the same time because we had record viewing figures.
“Five years ago we put our heads above the parapet for the first time ever – threatening our security as former members of the Special Forces – to bring that show to fruition. I expected that loyalty to be reciprocated. It clearly wasn’t.
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Ollie Ollerton breaks silence on show exit due to 'diversity drive' (Image: CHANNEL4•ITV)
Ollie Ollerton has been part of the Channel 4 show since it launched in 2015 (Image: CHANNEL4)
“I’d rather have left after doing something wrong, as at least I would have understood it.”
Ollie, who is currently busy filming SAS: Who Dares Wins Australia, revealed the show’s instructors threatened to quit when they found out himself and Jay Morton would not be appearing again.
However, the television personality encouraged them to stay and film the next series without him.
They will then reportedly be joined by a new recruit, who is said to fit new diversity guidelines.
Ollie Ollerton was part of the team of Directing Staff on the programme (Image: CHANNEL4)
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