Dan Ewing was torn to pieces by the director’s staff during an interrogation in Tuesday’s season finale at SAS Australia after giving them a bizarre ‘cover story’.
The brutal scene resulted in the 36-year-old actor being thrown out of the competition — apparently because he lied while the other recruits were truthful.
But fellow rival Jana Pittman has come to his defense and told 2Day FM’s The Morning Crew on Wednesday that all recruits were instructed in producing stories for the directors – but only Dan was punished for it.
The truth emerges: A SAS Australia star has revealed the truth behind Dan Ewing’s brutal interrogation sequence during Tuesday night’s season finale
‘Poor Dan … We got the exact same story and Dan and I sat there for hours practicing it,’ said the former Olympian.
‘The story he told, he went into character right away, whereas I think some of us went in and thought,’ Oh god, these guys [the DS] are scary, they are the real thing, I think they do not want a story here, “she added.
Jana, 38, revealed that Dan had simply followed the first instructions he had been given while the other recruits chose to drop their cover stories and speak honestly.
‘We Got the Exactly Same Story’: Jana Pittman has come to the actor’s defense and backs up his story that all the recruits should produce stories for the directors
‘Dan stayed in character, which is frankly what we were told in the beginning,’ she said.
Jana added that Dan was ‘pretty sorry’ about his portrayal of the show and the way his scenes had been edited to make him look like a self-absorbed brat.
‘I’ve talked to him a lot and in Dan’s situation I think he’s such a strong guy who has come out as someone who is very into yoga and [is] holistic in nature, ‘she said.
The former athlete believes the producers missed out [an] opportunity ‘to use Dan’s journey to highlight’ mental health and identity crisis’ in young men.
Disadvantage: The former Olympian said Dan was ‘pretty sorry’ about his performance of the show and the way his scenes had been edited to make him look like a self-absorbed brat
She said the editing at SAS Australia seemed to favor the ‘dramatic sides’ of Dan’s personality over the important moments of his journey.
Jana’s defense of Dan comes after production sources confirmed her claims that the last five recruits each got fictitious ‘cover stories’ for the final episode to study and remember.
Although these stories were not true, they were asked to commit to themselves during violent interrogation – but Dan was the only one who actually did this, and he was eventually punished for it.
Targeted: Jana’s defense of Dan comes after production sources confirmed her claims that the last five recruits each got fictitious ‘cover stories’ for the final episode – but Dan was the only one who stuck to his during questioning, and he was ultimately punished for it
‘Dan recited the cover story perfectly, but still got ripped off a new one. ‘They tried to suggest that he make this cover story, as it was the cover story he had been given as part of the challenge,’ said a source.
‘The sewing begins when they edit all the reference to the “cover story”, the recruits get and are told to study, which of course feeds into what happens next when Dan is sent packing after another race with [Ant] Middleton. ‘
This was reportedly another deliberate move by the producers to prevent Dan from reaching the end of the competition – because he was a threat to favorite winner Sam Burgess.
Choose a winner: This was reportedly a deliberate move by the producers to prevent Dan from reaching the end of the competition – because he was a threat to the favorite winner Sam Burgess
‘Everyone loves a redemption story,’ said one of the recruits.
‘Especially manufacturers who are more interested in assessments than the integrity of the SAS course and the audience.
‘This show is a charade. It is no different than Married at first glance. ‘
Retired NRL star Sam Burgess was the only celebrity to successfully pass the selection course during Tuesday’s final.
The SAS Australia reunion will be broadcast on Wednesday at 19.30 on Seven and 7Plus
Triumphant: Retired NRL star Sam Burgess was the only celebrity to successfully pass the selection course during Tuesday’s final