Dick Strawbridge addresses decision not to ‘get involved’ in Chateau backlash

Escape to the Chateau’s Dick on reaction to series ending

Dick Strawbridge has detailed the decision he and his wife Angel Adoree decided not to get involved in the backlash after Escape to the Chateau ended.

The popular Channel 4 show first aired back in 2016 and ran for nine seasons before coming to an end in late 2022.

When the broadcaster announced it would no longer be working with the duo in any future productions, there were reports Dick and Angel had clashed with producers as allegations of bullying crew members emerged.

The duo came under a wave of backlash after a leaked audio clip emerged of Angel launching into a furious foul-mouthed tirade to a Channel 4 producer.

Appearing on Wednesday’s instalment of Lorraine, the duo spoke about the controversy after their show was cut.

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Stand-in host Christine Lampard said: “We do know that there were a lot of headlines around as to why it was ending. How are you feeling about it now and where are you at?”

Dick highlighted that they appeared on Lorraine last Christmas explaining the end of the ninth series.

He replied: “As a family, we made a decision that last year was going to be the finale of Escape to the Chateau.

“So we finished and with that we told everybody at the beginning of the year and everybody knew it was finishing.

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“When people started talking about the end of what we were doing, it wasn’t news, it was something that happened a long time in the past.

“We made the decision just not to get involved in any of the conversations because…”

Cutting in, his wife Angel referenced the saying associated with Queen Elizabeth II, never complain and never explain.

She said: “I think that was just the best way, for us, none of it made sense because we had made that family decision a long time ago that it was the right time that Escape had come to its natural end.”

Dick told Christine that their children had got to a point in their lives where they were going forward and are more aware of what is happening, as opposed to when the show first started when they were young.

Despite the series coming to an end, the duo revealed they’ve still been extremely busy as they’ve been catching up with the post-covid weddings.

Although the Channel 4 show has finished, the Escape to the Chateau journey is far from over as they explained a tour is happening along with a new podcast.

Lorraine continues weekdays on ITV from 9am.

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