Pete Wicks was forced to quit the new series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins after getting a task "very wrong".

The Towie star became the second recruit to leave the Channel 4 series following Love Island’s Amber Gill.

Why did Pete Wicks leave Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins?

In the second episode of the new series which aired on Sunday night (September 11, 2022), disaster struck after Pete jumped from a helicopter with reality star Ashley Cain in a helo-cast task.

The 33-year-old found himself knocked unconscious with rescue swimmers racing to flip him over in the water.

While the Towie star did recover and swim back to shore, the accident meant he was unable to continue with the Selection Course.

And on top of that, the reality star broke his ribs in the process.

After swimming to shore, Pete told a medic: "I winded myself and passed out, all my ribs are quite painful and my head is banging.

"I genuinely thought this would be the challenge for me to show what I f****** got and I got it wrong, I got it very wrong.

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"I think my leg got a little bit caught in the bag and I went straight down onto the bag, knocked myself out, and broke my ribs.

"I felt dazed and confused. I was struggling to move my upper body. Basically, I think where I’d hit the bag, and I think just the impact of being unconscious and everything else, I was very confused."

He added: "I didn’t really know exactly what was going on and even moving my arms was quite painful, just because the pressure that was on my ribs and everything, so it just wasn’t nice. It was just a strange, strange experience."

What has Pete said about his departure?

Talking about his departure while wiping his eyes, Pete said: "I didn’t want to come out like this. I don’t f****** quit anything, that’s what it feels like."

Pete admitted he was gutted to have to leave the show. "This is a bit of a thing for me, it’s like I’ve always wanted to do this show and the worst thing for me was to be taken out because that’s something that I can’t control," he said.

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"But, being completely honest, they’re 100% right because I wouldn’t have been able to carry on with my broken ribs. To have been out so early, I was absolutely gutted because it’s a fail. And, unfortunately now for me, I feel like I failed."

Pete also said that he would do the show again tomorrow if they gave him a second chance to appear.

"I feel like I’ve got unfinished business and I failed as far as I’m concerned. I want to put that right," he said.

"It was something that is genuinely going to haunt me. I think there are so many things that happen on that show that would have benefited me as a person.

"Everyone who’s been on it said they came out a changed person. I think that’s the thing that I’m most sad about – that I didn’t get an opportunity for that too – I really felt like I was beginning, after just a few days, to understand a little bit more about myself and why I am the way I am.

"I think that’s what I missed out on. I really think the course would have changed my life. So, to leave the way I did just left me quite angry. It’s left more than just a bitter taste in my mouth, I’m truly gutted."

Which celebrities are still in SAS: Who Dares Wins?

Twelve star recruits remain on the show which includes:

  • AJ Pritchard – former Strictly Come Dancing pro dancer.
  • Curtis Pritchard – AJ's dancer brother Curtis appeared on Love Island in 2019.
  • Ashley Cain – former Coventry City footballer.
  • Calum Best – son of legendary footballer George Best.
  • Dwain Chambers – sprinter who is the fifth fastest Brit of all time in his favourite event, the 100m sprint.
  • Fatima Whitbread MBE – a world record-breaking javelin thrower.
  • Ferne McCann – reality star who fame on Towie and competed on Celebrity Best Home Cook 2021.
  • Jade Jones – Taekwondo star who is known as ‘the headhunter’ and won Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016.
  • Jennifer Ellison – actress Jennifer made her name on Brookside, playing Emily.
  • Jonathan Broom-Edwards MBE – a Paralympic high jumper and won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
  • Maisie Smith – actress Maisie played Tiffany Butcher-Baker in EastEnders.
  • Shannon Courtenay – a professional boxer who held the WBA female bantamweight title between April and October 2021.

Amber Gill also left the show with Pete on the episode that aired on September 11, 2022.

The former Love Island winner was given her marching orders in the episode after she was unable to complete a physical task on the beach.

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