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Dick and Angel Strawbridge Address Shocking End to ‘Escape to the Chateau’

Dick and Angel Strawbridge have opened up about the unexpected conclusion of ‘Escape to the Chateau’ in the wake of allegations of “bullying”. The duo, who wed in 2015 and are parents to two children, Arthur and Dorothy, became household names through the Channel 4 series. The programme documented their ambitious project of purchasing and restoring the 19th-century Château de la Motte-Husson in Martigné-sur-Mayenne, France. However, by May, news emerged that Channel 4 had ended their collaboration with the couple, citing a “review” after reports of bullying emerged.

Recently, on ITV’s ‘Lorraine’, with Christine Lampard stepping in for the regular host, the Strawbridges broke their silence about the show’s abrupt ending and the controversy. Christine brought up the topic of the series’ conclusion and the associated media frenzy. Responding to this, Angel said, “You know the saying ‘Never complain and never explain’, I think that was just the best way. 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 firmly stated that their departure from ‘Escape To The Chateau’ was a personal choice and had been planned for some time. He elaborated, “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.” Opting not to delve into the bullying allegations, he mentioned, “We made the decision just not to get involved in any of the conversations.”

There were reports shortly after Channel 4’s announcement of a leaked audio clip in which Angel is allegedly heard berating a Channel 4 producer with strong language. This recording was made available by Deadline, where Angel is purportedly heard using derogatory terms directed at a crew member. Nevertheless, the Strawbridges quickly responded to the speculations surrounding their conduct towards the producers. Through a statement on their Instagram, they conveyed, “We know there are lots of stories in the press right now. It’s not worth us even trying to comment or give context, because anything can be made into a good headline. We understand. There are two sides to every story and from the incredible support we have received, most of you know that.”

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