SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ollie Ollerton has revealed he is off on ‘a new path with no pain’ after it was confirmed he won’t return for the next series.
The Channel 4 show, which pushes recruits to their limits in gruelling military-style tests, will go on without Ollerton and co-star Jay Morton in the instructor line-up.
The broadcaster said Ollerton had stepped away to focus on his fitness app, Battle Ready 360, but would still be associated with the Australian version.
Ollerton has filmed five series of SAS, plus two of the celebrity spin-off.
Morton will also leave after featuring in its most recent civilian and celebrity series, debuting as an undercover agent within the recruits.
In an Instagram post today, Ollerton said ‘comfort zones can be dangerous places to reside.
‘There’s no real comfort, just habit that is comfortable to repeat. You sit within it, going through the motions which can be like a lifelong toothache.
‘A simple extraction pushes you into short-term discomfort but in turn offers you a new path with no pain.
‘A place where you have the bandwidth for creativity and development.
‘When this happens in your job, your relationship, your life, ask yourself if the internal messaging reflected your desire for its continuation.
‘If it didn’t, then this is the death of something that didn’t serve you well, and the subsequent start of something exciting and new.’
He ended: ‘Embrace it, exploit it, enjoy it.’
A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: ‘Planning for series six of SAS: Who Dares Wins is under way, with strict safety measures and protocols in place to ensure a safe filming environment, in line with government advice.
‘Now in its sixth year of filming, some changes have been made.
‘Ollie Ollerton has stepped away from this series after a hugely successful seven series with the show to focus on his new fitness app, Battle Ready 360.
‘Ollie continues to be associated with the SAS: Who Dares Wins brand as a DS [directing staff] for SAS: Who Dares Wins Australia.
‘Ollie has made an exceptional contribution to SAS: Who Dares Wins and the expertise and experience he brought to the DS team has been much valued.’
The spokeswoman said of Morton: ‘With his unique Special Forces experience he made a valuable contribution to the series.’
She added: ‘We will be announcing the new line-up in due course.’
Ollerton, a former Special Forces soldier, has been an instructor on the show since it first aired in 2015, initially working alongside Ant Middleton and Jason Fox.