ANT MIDDLETON could get his revenge on the Channel 4 bosses who axed him from SAS: Who Dares Wins by making his own copycat show.
The Special Boat Services veteran, who left under a cloud in March, has been in talks with a rival channel about creating a new SAS-themed series which he claims has been given the go-ahead.
And Ant says fans could see him ranting at military wannabes as early as next year.
A TV source said: “Ant has received plenty of TV offers since his departure but he’s eager to maintain his links with the SAS.
“This new show will have more than a whiff of SAS: Who Dares Wins and he believes viewers of the cult show will watch his version as he’s such a huge pull.
"He’s confident Channel 4 will quickly regret ditching him.”
Ant still stars in the Aussie version of the series called SAS: Australia.
The Afghanistan war veteran could potentially turn his show into a worldwide franchise, just like Simon Cowell has done with The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
And it’s a given Ant’s series will not be woke, so I imagine he won’t hold back any of his non-PC views and language.
Speaking shortly after being axed from his Directing Staff post, Ant claimed SAS: Who Dares Wins lost some of its edge thanks to the influence of oversensitive telly chiefs.
He said: “Over the years, the PC patrol have kicked in, the woke patrol have kicked in to the point where we can’t say any- thing, we can’t be ourselves.
“We can’t even act on the ground without health and safety jumping in going, ‘You can’t put them in at shoulder level in the water, you’ve got to put them at waist height’.”
Ant added: “It’s been so controlled and so managed and so inauthentic now that I’ve decided to completely walk away.”
Representatives for Ant were approached but were not available to comment.
But this show won’t be for the faint-hearted.
Trevor's awards moment
SIR Trevor McDonald is swapping the News At Ten bongs with gongs by getting a starring role at tonight’s National Television Awards.
The former newsreader will host a segment celebrating the past 20 months of the small screen, called TV Moment, 25 years after his first award at the ceremony.
He will highlight the major events that led to audiences gathering around their sets, including Boris Johnson announcing the first lockdown, Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview, Prince Philip’s funeral and the Line Of Duty finale.
A show insider said: “There have been so many talking points that have been triggered by what’s been broadcast on TV
“It’s worth collating them all just to demonstrate the sheer volume.”
England’s Euros final heartache, Strictly’s first same-sex partnership and Diversity’s Black Lives Matter performance on Britain’s Got Talent also feature during the bash on ITV, from 7.30pm.
Kat the dancing queen
Katya Jones is looking mean ahead of the new series of Strictly.
The pro dancer was in a fierce mood posing as the Evil Queen, who she will be playing in panto in Blackburn later this year.
And she’s not the only member of this year’s Strictly cast excited about the dance show’s return next Saturday.
Former England rugby player Ugo Monye can’t believe his odds to win the 2021 Glitterball are 33-1.
He’s encouraged viewers to bet on him – despite the fact he’s barely ever danced sober.
Ugo told me: “My history of dancing is drunk in nightclubs, weddings and holidays. I can confidently say I’ve never done the waltz.
"But if I’m 33-1, lump everything you’ve got on it.”
He’s certainly worth a tenner.
Rotten's Pistols potshot
JOHN Lydon was in typical form as he talked about the fallout from his Sex Pistol bandmates suing him.
They went to court to get permission for the punk group’s music to be used in upcoming TV biopic Pistol.
At the start of his speaking tour last night, singer John, who was known as Johnny Rotten, said: “They’ve turned themselves into really greedy, selfish, nasty f***s. But c’est la vie.
“My problem with all that is that they never bothered to mention all this. It was three years in the planning and they kept it all secret.
“I have just been fleeced of £2million. I could not give a f***. It is only money.”
Return of Red Dwarf?
RED Dwarf star Robert Lleeellyn has tipped the cult sci-fi comedy to make another comeback.
The actor, who plays robot Kryten, says the show’s cast members want to film more episodes following its last outing in a one-off special for Dave in 2020.
The original shows aired on BBC2 between 1988 and 1999.
On the latest My Time Capsule podcast, Robert says: “Potentially, we’ll do more.
"Red Dwarf was always a bit nerdy and weird and off-centre. That is what effectively allowed it to survive.”
Snobs in charge, says Bob
BOB Mortimer does not think telly bosses are very clued-up about what viewers want to watch – and reckons they are a bunch of snobs.
He said: “I love watching TV. I watch Real Housewives and Teen Mom.
"I have been with execs and in TV meetings for the past 20 years and do you think any of those people you meet actually watch telly? It is snobbery.
“I say, ‘Have you seen Teen Mom or Real Housewives?’ and they just laugh.
“The youngsters these days are the wisest youngsters we have ever had. You have got to listen to them, man.”
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