After nine seasons, Channel 4 has discontinued Escape to the Chateau and will no longer collaborate with Dick and Angel Strawbridge.
The breakup came when the TV network initiated an independent investigation into their actions.
Dick, 63, was married to his first wife Brigit until 2010, and subsequently married Angel, 44, in 2015, and the couple went on to produce a popular TV programme, so some fans are surprised by the axing.
Here, we explain why it has ended and if the chateau will now be sold…
Why is Escape to the Chateau ending?
‘Following a review, we have decided not to engage with Dick and Angel on any further productions in the future,’ a Channel 4 spokeswoman informed Mero.co.uk.
Two Rivers Media, which will no longer collaborate with the couple, voiced concerns first. The grounds for the concerns have not been made public.
Three of their former coworkers told the newspaper that Dick and Angel had a falling out with the producers.
A source said: ‘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.’
‘Producers turn them into this perfect, brilliant, funny couple. They’re that on camera, but that’s about it,’ another source added. However, one producer described them as ‘warm and welcoming.’
Are the Strawbridges selling their cheateau?
Dick and Angel paid £280,000 acquired the chateau in Martigné-sur-Mayenne, France, in 2015, but it had no power, sewage, or heating, and the show followed them as they renovated and restored it.
Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson, a gorgeous 45-bedroom estate, is now a whole new property, and the couple has not disclosed any plans to sell it.
The chateau is still ‘teeming with life and activity, not just courtesy of our children Arthur and Dorothy, who absolutely enjoy exploring their very own ‘castle,’ according to their website.
The pair also hosts weddings at the chateau, but there is a two-year waiting list!
However, another of their houses, which appeared on the spin-off show Escape to the Chateau DIY, is for sale.
The chateau located in Saint-Maixent-l’ecole is being sold for around £710,000.
The listing reads: ‘Recently restored, this beautiful residence is a magnificent family home while offering a wealth of options for a special events/accommodation activity.’