Published On: Wed, Sep 15th, 2021

SAS Australia producer reveals stars pulled out due to risk of serious injury

SAS Australia producer reveals several stars pulled out due to the risk of injury – and one clueless celebrity even asked for ‘gluten-free meals’


From tear-gas training to living at the epicentre of the mouse plague, there’s no doubt the celebrities on SAS Australia are pushed to their limits.

And Channel Seven executive producer Sylvia D’Souza has confirmed some stars pulled out of the competition before it even started due to fears for their safety. 

‘Every task is scrutinised from all aspects of safety. But the celebrities are aware there’s a risk of injury, and we can’t guarantee that won’t happen,’ Ms D’Souza told Mediaweek.

Not game enough: From tear-gas training to living at the epicentre of the mouse plague, there’s no doubt the celebrities on SAS Australia are pushed to their limits. But on Wednesday, Channel Seven executive producer Sylvia D’Souza has confirmed some stars pulled out of the competition before it even started due to fears for their safety

‘Some celebrities have said no to coming onto the show because of this. We are asking people to test their limits, and we need to deliver that as safely as possible.’

Ms D’Souza also revealed that one of the stars who did make it onto the show was shocked when her request for ‘gluten-free meals’ was declined.

She went on to describe SAS Australia as one of Seven’s most logistically difficult shows to shoot because of the dangerous nature of the challenges.

Even the recruits who were physically capable of doing the military-style tasks were still shocked to their core by their surroundings. 

Grim: Ms D'Souza described SAS Australia as one of Seven's most logistically difficult shows to shoot because of the dangerous nature of the challenges. Pictured: contestant Heath Shaw

Grim: Ms D’Souza described SAS Australia as one of Seven’s most logistically difficult shows to shoot because of the dangerous nature of the challenges. Pictured: contestant Heath Shaw

‘The mouse plague was one. That was terrible. We had hundreds of mice and mice traps were everywhere, including the DS dorms and recruits,’ Ms D’Souza said.

‘In the series, you’ll see where there are mice running over recruits faces as they slept and nibbling at them,’ she added. 

Retired NRL star Sam Burgess made similar remarks about the brutality of the competition in an interview with 7News on Tuesday.

He described the experience as ‘intense from the first minute to the last minute’, adding that there were times he ‘genuinely believed it was too much, but pushed through’.

The hardest battle: Retired NRL star Sam Burgess made similar remarks about the brutality of the competition in an interview with 7News on Tuesday

The hardest battle: Retired NRL star Sam Burgess made similar remarks about the brutality of the competition in an interview with 7News on Tuesday

But when asked what was the worst part of the show, Sam said it was ‘definitely the lack of food, and cleaning the toilets’.

Sam also revealed he’d prepared for SAS Australia by doing ‘general training’ and weekly 48-hour fasts for a month. 

He added: ‘I just think I took a deeper look at my capabilities and understanding of others and other people’s capabilities. It was a great period of growth.’ 

SAS Australia continues 7.30pm Wednesday on Channel Seven and 7plus. 

Punishing: He described the experience as 'intense from the first minute to the last minute', adding that there were times he 'genuinely believed it was too much, but pushed through'

Punishing: He described the experience as ‘intense from the first minute to the last minute’, adding that there were times he ‘genuinely believed it was too much, but pushed through’ 

 

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