He’s been widely touted as the season’s villain on SAS Australia and now actor Firass Dirani has admitted that he won’t be apologising to his teammates for his rogue behaviour anytime soon.
The Underbelly star told Nova 96.9’s Fitzy & Wippa in no uncertain terms that he doesn’t regret his actions during Tuesday night’s episode that not only derailed a mission for him but his fellow celebrity recruits as well.
“There is no apology,” Firass said on Wednesday morning.
He went on to quote notorious criminal Mark ‘Chopper’ Read, who was the subject of an Underbelly spin-off series, saying, “No apologies here mate!”
Firass’ teammates were clearly expecting a ‘sorry’ after a surprise gun attack by the SAS staff which saw them flee camp to a nearby mountain as instructed. Firass, however, decided to return on his own to ‘free’ Candice Warner who had been left behind and ‘captured.’
Without a word, Firass snuck back and, armed with a metal poker and an oven glove, burst in on the DS much to their amusement as the drill was already over and Candice untied.
Firass asked to leave
A furious Merrick Watts and Shannon Ponton refused to be punished for his mistakes anymore and attempted to oust Firass from the show but he refused to hand in his number.
When quizzed by Fitzy & Wippa about the fallout, Firass denied that it was a unanimous team decision to ask him to leave.
“It wasn’t everyone actually, Candice and Jackson [Warner] actually stood up for me.
“Candice said, ‘Actually I’m not voting for this, he’s the only one that came back for me out of all you guys and it feels good for someone to think about me.’”
He argued that the editors chose to ‘cut all that humility out’ and just show the hostility from certain recruits.
“It was a little bit confronting and I had to stand my ground which I did,” he said of the incident.
‘Kinky sense of humour’
On the subject of editing, the radio hosts mentioned an unseen interaction between Firass and AFLW player Sabrina Frederick that left her in tears for days. While the clip hasn’t been aired on TV Firass claimed ‘nothing’ happened and it was simply a joke taken the wrong way.
After a particular mission, he explained, Olympic swimmer James Magnussen speculated that Sabrina might be a ‘mole’.
“I said to Sabrina as joke, my kinky sense of humour everyone, I looked at her, I said the DeNiro thing, ‘I’m watching you, I’m watching you’. That’s all I did. She got upset with that,” he said.
“She said she was crying every day because of you, did you see her cry?” Fitzy pushed.
“No no that’s too much, she wasn’t crying every day... Everyone was crying,” Firass responded.
He went on to admit that the only recruits he had respect for were Candice and Jackson.
Fans defend Firass
Firass’ fellow recruits Merrick Watts and Shannon Ponton didn’t hold back on Tuesday night in their demands for him to quit the show.
“Firass, it’s about you and you know it. There’s no bullsh*t. I think your behaviour dictates your actions, your actions dictate team results and the team results are … bad,” Merrick said.
Shannon added: “Everybody so far has said they would not like to be with you heading into the next part. It is universal. So I’m asking you, as a man of integrity, to please hand your arm band in for the betterment of everyone else.”
Firass, however, was resolute. “I can’t hand in my number. I belong here. That’s what I feel in my heart. My heart of hearts. I own it. I own me,” he responded.
The confrontation appears to have swayed viewer sentiment in Firass’ favour, with fans taking to Twitter to slam the celebs for bullying him.
“I have never once been ‘Team Firass’ until this glorified mob bullying... I mean ‘group intervention’,” one tweeted.
Another said, “Group bullying isn’t on. Firass show me what your made of!!”
Some fans, however, were less impressed by the actor.
“I wouldn’t trust Firass to do a Macca’s run,” one user wrote.
“Firass is a self entitled & selfish brat. He should be lucky the hostage situation wasn’t in real life otherwise he’d be a dead idiot,” another said.
Additional reporting by Marni Dixit.
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