Pete Wicks says he is angry at himself and left with "more than just a bitter taste" in his mouth after his early exit from Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.
The 33 year old The Only Way Is Essex star was forced to leave the Channel 4 show after knocking himself unconscious and breaking his ribs during a challenge on Sunday 11 September night's episode.
He was seen floating face down in the sea after jumping from a helicopter in the shocking scenes, which resulted in him being medically withdrawn due to injury.
Pete has broken his silence about his forced departure, admitting he was "absolutely gutted" to leave under those circumstances.
He said: "I've always wanted to do this show and the worst thing for me was to be taken out because that's something that I can't control.
"But listen, if I'm completely honest with you, they're a hundred percent right because I wouldn't have been able to carry on with my broken ribs.
"To have been out so early, I was absolutely gutted because it's a fail. I don't say I'm going to do something and don’t do it, so I was genuinely so hurt, gutted, disappointed and angry at myself.
"And I still am, to be honest, even a year later. That was tough for me. I felt like I'd let a lot of people down, I felt like I'd let myself down."
Pete's accident happened during a helocast task with fellow reality star Ashley Cain.
Rescue swimmers raced to help him, flipping him over in the water as the concerned recruits were heard saying from the shoreline: "Someone’s struggling!"
After swimming to shore, Pete told medics: "I winded myself and passed out, all my ribs are quite painful and my head is banging."
The show's chief medical officer medically withdrew him because he needed to have a chest X-ray.
Pete was the second recruit to leave the course, after Love Island winner Amber Gill.
But he says he would "one hundred percent, without a shadow of a doubt" have another crack at the show if given the chance, adding he felt he had "unfinished business".
Pete said: "I think there are so many things that happen on that show that would have benefited me as a person..
"Everyone who’s been on it said they came out a changed person. I think that's the thing that I'm most sad about – that I didn't get an opportunity for that too.
"I really felt like I was beginning, after just a few days, to understand a little bit more about myself and why I'm the way I am.
"I think that's what I missed out on. I really think the course would have changed my life, so to leave the way I did just left me quite angry. It’s left more than just a bitter taste in my mouth, I’m truly gutted."
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