The ex-soldier, who, at 39, is only 20 years younger than Anthea, cruelly said that she was a “grandmother” as she struggled in the grueling tasks of Celebrity SAS : Who Dares Wins.
The television watchdog is now looking to see if the 16 complaints he has received warrant a full investigation.
Anthea’s TV companion Anna Richardson criticized Ant’s behavior as “ageist and sexist” in an episode in which he repeatedly and cruelly raised his age.
“It’s good to see some good old fashioned old ageism and sexism out there with references to” grandma “,” she tweeted.
Andrea herself scanned Ant’s footprints while thanking the fans for their support, saying to Hello magazine: “Well, I think it’s very nice of them, but I absolutely don’t hold it against them .
“I fully understand why they do this,” she continued, adding, “Oh, it will be nice to be a grandmother one day. “
Other viewers pointed to the “double standards” at work in the series, since John Fashanu – who has grandchildren – was not subject to the same comments.
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“FYI, Anthea, 59, has no grandchildren. However, John Fashanu, 56, has it.
Anthea pulled out of the lineup after going through several debilitating tasks, including a 5 km run while wearing a heavy backpack, being exposed to a gun and jumping from a helicopter backwards.
But wild training became too much for her and she stopped at the end of an episode by putting on her armband.
She was not the only candidate to quit smoking – Katie Price also threw in the towel after claiming that her recent breast surgery scars were inflamed.