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‘I don’t say misogynistic things’: Ant Middleton’s SAS replacement Rudy Reyes lashes out at knocked out star

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Ant Middleton’s SAS: Who Dares Wins replacement has taken a swipe at the outgoing star, saying he’s not saying “female-unfriendly things.”

Rudy Reyes joins the Channel 4 series after Ant was told his services were no longer needed after being criticized for attacking the Black Lives Matter movement and allegedly using “inappropriate comments” around a female cast member.

The ex-soldier, 41, recently said he thinks he’s been fired from the show for “wake patrol” at the broadcaster, but Rudy, 49, thinks it comes down to “decorum.”

Verdict: Ant Middleton’s SAS: Who Dares Wins replacement Rudy Reyes has taken a swipe at the outgoing star, saying he’s not saying ‘female-unfriendly things’

Speaking to The Sun, he said: “I just think I’m being decent and not saying swear and misogynistic things while everyone else is listening.

“That’s the difference, and I have more combat experience — and when I wake up because of that, fantastic.”

Rudy also said he was approached by producers of SAS a year ago, months before Ant was taken out.

Former actor Rudy was unveiled as the show’s new chief instructor last month and has already filmed two series in the desert in Jordan, which are set to air next year.

Replacement: Rudy joins the series after Ant was told his services were no longer needed after he was criticized for attacking the Black Lives Matter movement and allegedly using

Replacement: Rudy joins the series after Ant was told his services were no longer needed after he was criticized for attacking the Black Lives Matter movement and allegedly using “inappropriate comments” around a female cast member

Rudy joined the United States Marines in 1998 and performed more than 50 patrols in Iraq and Afghanistan before leaving the military in 2005.

The soldier grew up in poverty after being abandoned by his mother and several relatives.

He was taken care of when he was 12 and spent his teenage years at the Omaha Home for Boys and later saved his brothers Caesar, now 48, and Michael, 47, from the same man.

The publication also reports that at age 14, Rudy fought an older boy who tried to rape him.

Candid: The ex-soldier, 41, recently said he believes Ant was fired from the show for 'wake patrol' at the broadcaster, but Rudy thinks it comes down to 'decorum' (pictured in 2019)

Candid: The ex-soldier, 41, recently said he believes Ant was fired from the show for ‘wake patrol’ at the broadcaster, but Rudy thinks it comes down to ‘decorum’ (pictured in 2019)

Rudy struggled financially before accepting the SAS gig, so much so that he couldn’t afford to buy an engagement ring for his fiancée Jade Struck, 23.

He said two other TV shows approached him last year with Jade encouraging him to say no to both because they were not of his “caliber”, and SAS called the next day.

Speaking about some of the opinions that led to Ant’s departure from the show, Rudy said, “This whole thing blows my mind. Who the f wants to hear what someone has to say? I didn’t know about all the drama with Ant, but I’m not intimidated by putting on boots, brother.’

It comes after Ant detailed how the “wake police” affected the much-loved show he starred in, leading to his firing.

In his new book Mental Fitness, Ant wrote that the producers of SAS: Who Dares Wins “knew I was going to jump, so they pushed me first.”

Rudy said: 'I just think I'm being decent and not saying curses and misogynistic things while everyone else is listening'

Rudy said: ‘I just think I’m being decent and not saying curses and misogynistic things while everyone else is listening’

Describing tensions between him and executives over health and safety restrictions, he said, “Unless this changes, I’m fucking leaving. I’m going off the set. I can’t have my recruits interrupt halfway through a task. You’re going to ruin the whole authenticity of the show. It’s getting out of hand.’

Six weeks later, Ant’s agents were called to say the ex-soldier would no longer be working on the show, which he described as the station that “protects their brand.”

He thought, ‘The first series was so exciting and real because of the brutality. We pretended to be nothing but uncompromising alpha males from the military.

“That’s clearly the opposite of the show they want now. The Awakened Patrol has won their victory and I’m very excited to see where the series goes next.”

Relationship: Rudy had financial problems before accepting the SAS gig, so much so that he couldn't afford to buy his fiancé Jade Struck, 23, an engagement ring (pictured in 2019)

Relationship: Rudy had financial problems before accepting the SAS gig, so much so that he couldn’t afford to buy his fiancé Jade Struck, 23, an engagement ring (pictured in 2019)

Ant was also criticized last year for some of his posts about the coronavirus pandemic, saying he would continue his normal life during the outbreak in March.

He was reportedly forced to resign from his role as Chief Cadet of the Royal Navy after just nine months, following his controversial ‘scum’ tweet about Black Lives Matter protesters.

The stalwart TV man, who took on the role in November, is said to have infuriated his bosses after posting the since-deleted tweet amid protests over racial injustice following George Floyd’s death in the US.

On June 14, he tweeted: “The far left against the far right. When did two mistakes make a right. It was only a matter of time. BLM and EDL are not welcome on our streets, absolute scum. What a great example you are for your future generation. Bravo.’

'I'm fucking leaving': Ant recently detailed how the 'wake police' affected SAS: Who Dares Wins - causing him to be fired after anti-Black Lives Matter comments

‘I’m fucking leaving’: Ant recently detailed how the ‘wake police’ affected SAS: Who Dares Wins – causing him to be fired after anti-Black Lives Matter comments

The tweet was in response to a video purporting to be of “BLM/Antifa agitator chasing lonely veterans and soccer boys in packs.”

Middleton then apologized by releasing a video message saying: “In that tweet I mentioned the BLM and EDL and the word ‘scum’. At no point did I mention the BLM scum and compare the two organizations. I want to make that very, very clear.

“The word scum was used to describe the people in the video who were violent, who caused terror in the streets of London and set a bad example for our future generations.”

In his new book, Ant wrote of the incident: “I regret posting them. I could have worded them better.

“The points I wanted to make were taken out of context and I caused an upset, which was never my intention.

'The awakened patrol has their win': Ant described how the show's 'brutality' was tainted by health and safety regulations which he found frustrating

‘The awakened patrol has their win’: Ant described how the show’s ‘brutality’ was tainted by health and safety regulations which he found frustrating

“I could have blamed other people for exaggerating or misinterpreting what I said, but that would have been only half the story at best. Only one person put those messages together, and only one person pressed send: me.’

It came before a report from The Sun that Middleton told a female contestant that he wanted to have sex with her while filming the hit show.

A source claimed his comment was in jest, yet prompted a member of the show’s production team to sue.

A Channel 4 representative told the publication that steps have been taken to ensure that any complaints from staff can be treated confidentially.

Middleton also denied allegations of further inappropriate behavior after it was reported that four women had accused him of making “indecent and suggestive comments” on set.

The women approached media union Bectu, who told The Mirror they plan to meet Channel 4 after he dismissed his behavior as ‘military banter’ during an interview on Good Morning Britain.

Dumped: A Channel 4 spokesperson told MailOnline at the time of Ant's ax: 'It has become clear that our views and values ​​are not aligned and we will no longer work with him'

Dumped: A Channel 4 spokesperson told MailOnline at the time of Ant’s ax: ‘It has become clear that our views and values ​​are not aligned and we will no longer work with him’

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