Escape to the Chateau’s Dick and Angel Strawbridge dodge questions about THAT ‘bullying’ scandal as they reveal why the show has ended
Escape To The Chateau’s Dick and Angel Strawbridge dodged questions about the hit Channel 4 show’s bullying scandal as they appeared on Lorraine on Wednesday morning.
Dick, 63, and Angel, 45, revealed what made them come to the decision to draw a line under the hugely-popular series.
It was revealed in May that Channel 4 had cut ties with the couple following an independent investigation into their conduct.
The TV channel confirmed they would no longer work with the pair on any new productions ‘following a review’ after they were branded ‘spiky and volatile’.
As Lorraine host Christine Lampard made reference to the scandal, Angel explained: ‘You know the saying “Never complain and never explain”, I think that was just the best way.
Drama: EEscape To The Chateau’s Dick and Angel Strawbridge dodged questions about the hit Channel 4 show’s bullying scandal as they appeared on Lorraine on Wednesday morning
Tension: Dick, 63, and Angel, 45, revealed what made them come to the decision to draw a line under the hugely-popular series (pictured in 2018)
‘None of it made sense because we had made that family decision a long time ago that it was the right time for Escape to come to its natural end.’
Dick insisted that it was their decision to leave the show and it was decided almost two years ago.
He said: ‘As a family, we made a decision that last year was going to be the finale. We told everyone two years ago so this it wasn’t news for us.’
Steering clear of directly addressing the bullying claims, he said: ‘We made the decision just not to get involved in any of the conversations.’
The couple are parents to Arthur, 10, and Dorothy, eight, and the pair explained that while they didn’t understand what was going on when they started filming the show back in 2016, now they are a lot more aware.
‘When they were little they just didn’t know what was going on, now it’s a very different world we are living in’, they said.
Escape To The Chateau aired its ninth and final series in late 2022, but spin-off travel show Escape To The Chateau: Secret France was already in the works.
The programme was reportedly wrapped and scheduled for release in 2023, but after the production company cut ties with the couple Channel 4 has not confirmed whether it will be broadcast.
In May, sources claimed Two Rivers Media, the company that produces Escape To The Chateau, raised concerns about the presenting duo, according to Deadline.
Angel, 45, explained: ‘You know the saying “Never complain and never explain”, I think that was just the best way
Putting the children first: ‘As a family we made a decision that last year was going to be the finale. We told everyone two years ago so this it wasn’t news for us,’ said Dick
The exact nature of the allegations is not known, but the publication reported that three of their former colleagues alleged the couple have clashed with producers.
A source said at the time: ‘There has been a deteriorating relationship between Two Rivers and Dick and Angel’s Chateau TV for various reasons and it all came to a head.’
‘People who try to remote manage them from the UK, that doesn’t work, or people who come into their house and boss them around, that doesn’t work either,’ the source added.
‘Producers turn them into this perfect, brilliant, funny couple, they’re that on camera, but that’s about it.’
A Channel 4 spokeswoman told MailOnline: ‘Following a review, we have taken the decision not to work with Dick and Angel on any new productions in the future.’
A spokesperson for Two Rivers added: ‘We can confirm that we will no longer work with Dick and Angel and cannot comment further at the moment.’
Sources close to the couple told MailOnline that their behaviour on set was nothing like their ‘gorgeous’ on screen personas.
A source said: ‘Dick and Angel come across on screen as the most gorgeous and lovely couple, literally like butter wouldn’t melt, but they’re not like that off screen.
‘It’s a full-on show, production is with them at the chateau for weeks so they can’t hide their real characters – they can’t turn it on for two hours of recording and then not go back to their real persona.
‘They’re just spiky and volatile people and, as you can imagine, that’s a nightmare to work with.’
Family: The couple are parents to Arthur, 10, and Dorothy, eight, and explained that they chose to end the show due to them getting older
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