Celebrity SAS star admits show DOES bully recruits after fans complain to Ofcom about Ant Middleton – The Sun
CELEBRITY SAS star Ollie Ollerton has admitted the Channel 4 show does bully recruits – just days after co-star Ant Middleton was hit by Ofcom complaints.
The former member of Britain's Special Forces revealed that while the show may push contestants to their limits, there's also an element bullying.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, Ollie, 48, said: "To be honest the show from every angle is pushing it from a physical point of view and a mental point of view.
"We are experts at knowing when it's going too far, it's being able to know we are at the highest level, and that is why is the show is so successful.
"I know some of it is close to the bone, almost bullying in some respects but it's not that we've got to see how people handle any kind of, resilience, really you know if you want to be a special forces soldier you can't let that stuff affect you."
It comes days after it was revealed co-star Ant could face being investigated by Ofcom after he mocked Anthea Turner by calling the 59-year-old star "Grandma."
But Olly says Ant's hard-hitting approach isn't something he would enforce himself.
He added: "I do believe there should be a level of harshness because you've got to indoctrinate regardless of whether Ant goes hard.
"I wouldn't deal with them the way Ant does and he wouldn't go the way I do, but they've got to be able to push that to one side without there is all that noise going on.
"They've got to be able to get past the confusion humiliation and self doubt.
"No one is in a war zone saying, 'Oh that was a really good terrorist attack' or sat stop when something bad happens."