Viewers were both disgusted and confused This Morning featured the Channel 4 presenter who was sacked earlier this year
This Morning has been criticized for booking Ant Middleton after Channel 4 sacked him for his “personal conduct”.
Ant was on the ITV daytime show Friday to plug in his new book and tour, but not everyone was impressed, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.
In fact, some viewers were downright confused that the presenter, who had disappeared from UK screens after the sacking, had reappeared.
Fans watching the show took to Twitter to express their displeasure.
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One of them blasted, “Why are you giving Ant Middleton a platform?” with another viewer responding: “Interested in seeing if during Black History Month #This morning evoke Ant Middleton by qualifying BLM of “absolute scum” ”
Others were taken aback by the backlash, with another Twitter user posting: “Why are people upset that @antmiddleton was on @this morning? He apologized for a comment he made. Why in this country do we just have a horrible culture of cancellation and take things out of context? Is my nut in itâ¦ â
A Channel 4 spokesperson told the Mirror at the time: âAnt Middleton will not be appearing in the upcoming SAS: Who Dares Wins series.
“After a number of discussions Channel 4 and Minnow Films have had with him regarding his personal conduct, it has become clear that our views and values ââare not aligned and that we will no longer be working with him.”
However, during an appearance on ITV’s daytime show, Ant did not discuss the incident with hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary.
Instead, the ex-soldier talked about his new book Cold Justice, which is his “heart-stopping first thriller.”
Referring to the main character in his book, Ant explained, âMallory is a twisted version of myself if that exists. So he was in the military and he is looking for redemption because he made a huge mistake in doing it. army, he played with a few lives, got it wrong and had to leave because of the death of a couple of friends.
Reports suggest Channel 4’s decision to sever ties with Ant stemmed from a now-deleted tweet from last year in which he called Black Lives Matter protesters “absolute scum” when he complained about the “far left” and “far right” of the English Defense League taking to the streets.
Ant apologized, telling fans he was “anti-racist and anti-violence” after deleting the post, but claimed he was. his decision to withdraw from Who Dares Wins.
He recently filmed a new series of the Australian version of the show, tackling, in his own words, the “UK cancellation culture” as he thanked Australians for embracing the hers as “one of them”.