Hunted chief Peter Bleksley has announced he’s quitting the Channel 4 show following a dramatic end to its fourth series.
Last night’s finale episode saw the remaining fugitives – Ish and Nate, and Frank and Harry – get caught before they could reach the extraction point.
This marks the first time in the programme’s history that the Hunters succeeded in capturing all of the contestants.
Crucially, it also means that none of the finalists were able to claim the £100,000 prize money.
Now, having fulfilled his ultimate goal as a Hunter, Bleksley has decided to stand down.
Moments after the result aired, the former Scotland Yard detective announced on Twitter that he is leaving Hunted HQ.
“Finally we achieved our long held ambition of a clean sweep,” he wrote in a statement.
“It would be impossible for me to top that achievement, so now is the right time for me to move on.
“I’d like to send my heartfelt thanks to everyone at Shine and Channel 4 for allowing me the opportunity to do my bit.
“I must of course thank those pesky fugitives for providing the challenges that they did. I would particularly like to send my love and best wishes to the hunters, a truly remarkable bunch of men and women.”
Intelligence expert Julie Clegg, one of Bleksley’s team members, responded: “Those are going to be some big shoes for someone to fill!
“You’ll be sorely missed, chief.”
Peter joined the first series of Hunted in 2015 as deputy chief, before being promoted to the top job.
He has led the team for all subsequent series, including the two Celebrity editions.
Channel 4 is now inviting budding fugitives to apply for future series of Hunted at huntedapplications.com.