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SAS drill sergeant Ant Middleton leaves Sydney quarantine… after axed from British version

Ant Middleton was axed from Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins last month following allegations of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ on set.

But the former British soldier, 40, was all smiles on Tuesday as he emerged from a Sydney hotel after completing his 14 days of quarantine.

Ant, who will return as SAS Australia’s chief instructor for season two, looked happy to be working again on Seven’s military-style series, which is based on the UK show.

 

Free at last! SAS Australia chief instructor Ant Middleton was all smiles on Tuesday as he emerged from a Sydney hotel after completing his 14 days of quarantine

A smiling Ant displayed the shaka sign after spotting a photographer nearby.

His friends helped load his luggage into a vehicle before he was driven off to begin production on SAS Australia.

Ant has been keeping fit during hotel quarantine for the past two weeks by sharing workout videos on Instagram.

Ready for duty! Ant, who will return as SAS Australia's chief instructor for season two, looked happy to be working again on Seven's military-style series, which is based on the UK show

Ready for duty! Ant, who will return as SAS Australia’s chief instructor for season two, looked happy to be working again on Seven’s military-style series, which is based on the UK show

Dedication: The former British solider has been keeping fit during hotel quarantine for the past two weeks by sharing workout videos on Instagram

Dedication: The former British solider has been keeping fit during hotel quarantine for the past two weeks by sharing workout videos on Instagram

Packing light: Ant's friends helped load his luggage into a vehicle before he was driven off to begin production on SAS Australia

Packing light: Ant’s friends helped load his luggage into a vehicle before he was driven off to begin production on SAS Australia 

On Saturday, he boasted of completing a gruelling 150-burpee challenge, then said he was ready to attend some pool parties upon his release.

Ant had arranged for workout equipment to be in his hotel room for his 14-day stint.

As he left the hotel on Tuesday, his luggage trolley was stacked with a rowing machine, kettlebells and weighted plates.

We're back! Later Ant took to Instagram to share a snap along his co-stars as they got back to work on the show after completing their quarantine

We’re back! Later Ant took to Instagram to share a snap along his co-stars as they got back to work on the show after completing their quarantine

Happy days! A smiling Ant displayed the shaka sign after spotting a photographer nearby

Happy days! A smiling Ant displayed the shaka sign after spotting a photographer nearby

Crew: Ant's fellow SAS drill sergeant Matthew 'Ollie' Ollerton was also seen outside the hotel

Crew: Ant’s fellow SAS drill sergeant Matthew ‘Ollie’ Ollerton was also seen outside the hotel

Ant showed off his muscular arms and tattooed biceps in a black T-shirt.

He left the hotel wearing a face mask, but took it off to chat with his mates.

Ant’s fellow SAS drill sergeant Matthew ‘Ollie’ Ollerton was also seen outside the inner-city hotel.

Thumbs up! Ant and Ollie will be joined again by Jason Fox and Mark Billingham on SAS Australia

Thumbs up! Ant and Ollie will be joined again by Jason Fox and Mark Billingham on SAS Australia

Coming soon! Now that all of the British drill sergeants have completed their mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine, production is expected to begin imminently

Coming soon! Now that all of the British drill sergeants have completed their mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine, production is expected to begin imminently

Ollie wrote on Instagram on Tuesday: ‘The sound of freedom! From the confines of a hotel room to the expanse of the mountains. Whatever the scenario, it feels great!’ 

Ant and Ollie will be joined once again by Jason Fox and Mark Billingham on season two of Seven’s SAS Australia.

Now that all of the British drill sergeants have completed their mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine, production is expected to begin imminently.

Controversy: In early March, Ant was axed from the British version of the show, SAS: Who Dares Wins, over his 'personal conduct' on set of the popular program

Controversy: In early March, Ant was axed from the British version of the show, SAS: Who Dares Wins, over his ‘personal conduct’ on set of the popular program

In early March, Ant was axed from the British version of the show, SAS: Who Dares Wins, over his ‘personal conduct’.

He previously claimed he was dropped for ‘butting heads’ with the show’s team.

A spokesperson for Ant told MailOnline: ‘Ant has worked on TV sets around the world for many years and has never at any point been accused of speaking inappropriately by anyone.

‘He has only ever been informed of these allegations, which he wholeheartedly and emphatically rejects, via the media.

‘If anyone felt that he did say anything verbally offensive we would have expected a formal process of review but no such discussion has ever taken place either via any of the networks he works for or via bodies such as Bectu.’ 

Denial: Ant has denied reports he was allegedly heard telling a contestant on Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins he wanted to have sex with her via his microphone during filming

Denial: Ant has denied reports he was allegedly heard telling a contestant on Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins he wanted to have sex with her via his microphone during filming

It followed reports that Ant was allegedly heard telling an SAS: Who Dares Wins contestant he wanted to have sex with her via his microphone during filming.

A source claimed his comment was meant to be in jest, but still prompted a member of the show’s production team to complain.

It was alleged he said: ‘I’m going to f**k you after this.’

A source added: ‘Comments by Ant – whether made in jest or not – were picked up by production and someone complained. In total up to four women submitted concerns to production bosses.

‘On the celebrity version of the show he made comments to two female celebrities, both of whom were not single.

‘Everyone on the show was talking about it among themselves. Staff at Minnow Films, who make the show, say they’ve still got the audio of one alleged incident.’

Hitting back: Ant also denied claims of further behaviour after it was reported four women had accused him of making 'lewd and suggestive comments' on set

Hitting back: Ant also denied claims of further behaviour after it was reported four women had accused him of making ‘lewd and suggestive comments’ on set

A representative for Channel 4 told the publication that measures are in place so any complaints from staff can be handled confidentially.

Ant also denied claims of further behaviour after it was reported four women had accused him of making ‘lewd and suggestive comments’ on set.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain last month, Ant denied claims he’d made ‘inappropriate’ comments to female staff which were subsequently investigated by Channel 4 bosses.

He said anonymous complaints had been made about ‘indirect’ behaviour that was typical of the hosts’ military backgrounds, and said ‘snowflakes’ do not belong on the set of SAS: Who Dares Wins. 

Denial: Speaking on GMB last month, Ant denied claims he'd made 'inappropriate' comments to female staff which were subsequently investigated by Channel 4 bosses

Denial: Speaking on GMB last month, Ant denied claims he’d made ‘inappropriate’ comments to female staff which were subsequently investigated by Channel 4 bosses

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