The hunt, for head investigator Ben Owen, is now over, as the Hunted mastermind has confirmed he is leaving the Channel 4 series.
Ben announced that he would be stepping down from his role on the dramatic fugitive show as Hunted aired, telling viewers on Twitter that his appearance on yesterday's (March 19) series five finale would be his last.
In a statement, the former sniper and intelligence officer thanked fans and his fellow Hunted team members for their "support and the memories".
"Dear All. I hope you enjoy S5 of #Hunted this evening. It has been an incredible journey but I have made the decision to leave the show after 5-yrs of being with the team," he wrote.
"Thank you all for your support & the memories! Signing out..."
Dear All. I hope you enjoy S5 of #Hunted this evening. It has been an incredible journey but I have made the decision to leave the show after 5-yrs of being with the team. Thank you all for your support & the memories! 🙏 Signing out....#Hunted pic.twitter.com/08YbXIWwV5— Ben Owen (@BenOwen42) March 19, 2020
Ben's exit from the show delivered Hunted its second blow, after yesterday's series finale saw four out of the six contestants evade the Hunted HQ team by making their way to an extraction point in Anglesey, Wales.
Ben, Rob, Dan, and Hayley successfully found the dinghy that would take them to safety and away from capture, doing so well that they even managed to fit in a proposal along the way.
In a series first, Dan popped the question to his girlfriend Hayley (who hurriedly accepted) shortly before jumping into the sea and thwarting the Hunted team.
Despite Ben's exit, Hunted series five ended on a higher note than last year's, after it was revealed that over 150 viewers had complained to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom about the show's finale in 2019.
The complaints came after all of the series' fugitives failed to reach the extraction point for the first time in the show's history, with viewers suggesting they had an "impossible" task as the hunters were sitting in the car park of the extraction site waiting to pick them up.
Hunted airs on Channel 4.
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