Ant Middleton’s company has gone bust and he reportedly owes £1.2million in back taxes.
The former SAS: Who Dares Wins star, 42, is said to have grossed £4.5million in 2021 but that was before he was sacked from the Channel 4 reality show due to his “personal behaviour”.
Ahead of last Christmas, he was reportedly forced to liquidate his main business after failing to pay off his debts.
Oh dear: Ant Middleton’s company has gone bust and he reportedly owes £1.2million in back taxes
The Sun claims the deal was abandoned as it owed £3,318 to other creditors and £1,199,773 to HMRC.
Ant is believed to have taken out a £2.7million “director’s loan” before the closure, with documentation saying it’s “uncertain” how much of that will be repaid. It has been claimed Ant has demanded £20,000 in holiday pay.
Founded in 2014, the company was known as Middleton Global before changing its name to Sway and Starting in November last year.
According to Companies House, the accounts for his other companies Antcolony Ltd, Middleton IP and Middleton Global IP are all delayed.
critch! The former SAS star, 42, is said to have grossed £4.5million in 2021 but that was before he was sacked from the Channel 4 show for his ‘personal behaviour’ (pictured in 2018).
A spokesman for Ant told the newspaper: “Due to the impact of the lockdowns on Ant’s work and the associated negative impact on the business, Middleton Global Limited has unfortunately had to go into voluntary liquidation.
‘Ant has a very busy year ahead and is focused on his TV work, brand deals, books and events.’
Web has reached out to Ant’s representatives for comment.
In early March 2021, Ant’s abrupt departure from SAS: Who Dares Wins was confirmed by Channel 4, apparently due to his “personal conduct”.
Disappointment: Ahead of last Christmas he was reportedly forced to liquidate his main business after failing to pay off his debts
A Channel 4 spokesperson told Web at the time: “Ant Middleton will not be appearing on any future series of SAS: Who Dares Wins.
“Following a number of discussions that Channel 4 and Minnow Films have had with him regarding his personal conduct, it has become clear that our views and values are not aligned and we will not be working with him again.”
His departure comes months after Ant sparked controversy by calling Black Lives Matter protesters “absolute scum” and urging people to “business as usual” and not to change their habits during the Covid pandemic.
Ant previously hit back at claims his exit was because he allegedly made a lewd comment about a woman who was picked up by his microphone.
His rep said: “Ant has worked on TVs around the world for many years and has never been accused by anyone of speaking inappropriately.
“So far he has only been informed about these allegations, which he resolutely and resolutely rejects.
“If someone felt they had said something verbally offensive, we would have expected a formal vetting process, but no such discussion has ever taken place, whether through any of the networks he works for or through bodies like Bectu.”
Speaking on Good Morning Britain in March, Ant denied claims he had made “inappropriate” comments towards female staff, which were subsequently investigated by Channel 4 bosses.
Over: Founded in 2014, the company was known as Middleton Global before changing its name to Sway and Starting in November last year
He said anonymous complaints had been made about “indirect” behavior typical of the hosts’ military background and said “Snowflakes” were not part of the set of SAS: Who Dares Wins.
Following Channel 4’s explanation of his departure, Ant wrote on Instagram: “Hi folks, I have news that after five incredible years I’ve decided it’s time to move away from SAS Who Dares Wins UK.
“Great respect to my DS colleagues – it has been a journey I will never forget. Thank you to everyone who took part and made the show what it is.”
He added: “Really excited about the future and what’s to come this year. Stay positive.’
Future: The adventurer hasn’t ruled out a return to British television and is also “in talks” about taking on a lead role in a film (pictured June 2022)