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SAS Australia's Jason Fox reveals what the show's directing staff get up to behind-the-scenes 

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SAS Australia’s Jason Fox reveals what the show’s directing staff REALLY get up to behind the scenes of the most gruelling show on TV as the celebrity recruits are put through their paces


SAS Australia is one of the most physically gruelling TV shows on air… for the celebrity recruits.

On Thursday, former British Special Forces commander Jason Fox surprised fans when he shared a glimpse of what the directing staff get up to behind the scenes. 

In a photo shared on his Instagram, Fox and fellow SAS director Ollie Ollerton were seen taking a break from filming and enjoying a cup of tea while going for a dip.

Day for it! On Thursday, SAS director Jason Fox shared a glimpse of what the directing staff get up to behind the scenes. In a photo shared on Instagram, Fox and fellow SAS director Ollie Ollerton were spotted taking a break from filming and enjoying a cup of tea while going for a dip

Day for it! On Thursday, SAS director Jason Fox shared a glimpse of what the directing staff get up to behind the scenes. In a photo shared on Instagram, Fox and fellow SAS director Ollie Ollerton were spotted taking a break from filming and enjoying a cup of tea while going for a dip

‘From dunkin celebs to dunkin Rich Teas! Always time for a cuppa! #SASAustralia,’ the 45-year-old captioned the post.

And while the directors were beaming in their photo, the show is anything but fun for the stars currently appearing on the show.

Thus far, the celebrities on SAS Australia have been pushed to their limits with tear-gas training and living at the epicentre of the mouse plague.

Things are so rough on set, 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 on Tuesday.

Not game enough: SAS Australia's executive producer Sylvia D'Souza has confirmed some stars pulled out of the competition before it even started due to fears for their safety

Not game enough: SAS Australia’s 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.’

At the time, Ms D’Souza also revealed that one of the stars who did make it onto the show was shocked when their 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. 

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

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’.

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

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

PHOTO: SAS Australia continues 7.30pm Monday on Channel Seven and 7plus. Pictured, director Jason Fox

PHOTO: SAS Australia continues 7.30pm Monday on Channel Seven and 7plus. Pictured, director Jason Fox

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