Ant Middleton has told Good Morning Britain (GMB) that he had already decided to leave SAS: Who Dares Wins before Channel 4 announced he had been axed.
The former British Special Forces soldier and Royal Marine hit out at Channel 4 after the broadcaster said it will not work with him again because “our views and values are not aligned”.
The broadcaster said it has had discussions with the SAS: Who Dares Wins star over his “personal conduct”.
Middleton told Good Morning Britain “It’s all smoke and mirrors" - and said the statement issued by Channel 4 and Minnow Films was "reckless and desperate".
“From the last episode of SAS: Who Dares Wins, when I filmed the last episode, it became a half-scripted sort of reality show, full control was taken from me for health and safety.
“And after that show, I said ‘I’m not going to film anymore, I’m done with SAS: Who Dares Wins’.”
He told the ITV programme: “I wanted to part in a healthy way and in a positive way. And they knew that I was going…
“And all a sudden they dropped this bomb… (that) I’ve been axed. And ultimately what they’re doing is they’re protecting their brand.”
Middleton apologised after he referred to Black Lives Matter protesters as “absolute scum” as he complained about the “extreme left” and “extreme right” taking to the streets.
Middleton said he was “anti-racist and anti-violence” after he deleted the tweet.
He told his social media followers to not “be a sheep” and said he did not believe Government advice to self-isolate applied to him because he is “strong and able”.
Middleton later said he had been “a bit insensitive towards the magnitude, the scale, of the crisis that’s happening in the UK”.