Just before the start of the Dutch program Steenrijk, dirt poor, a rich participant decided not to participate after all. He allowed his wife to live alone in the house of a poor family, and received a lot of criticism for this.
The concept of the Dutch TV program Very rich, dirt poor is that a family with a lot of money and a large house exchanges lives for a few days with a family that has little money or even lives in poverty. This is often a difficult ordeal for wealthy families who have become accustomed to living in luxury over the years. It also takes some getting used to for poor families, now that money is temporarily no longer a problem.
In the new episodes, Eugène and Meta from Laren in the Netherlands would switch houses with single mother Petra and daughter Amber, who live in Borssele. However, the wealthy Dutchman – a successful copywriter and the man behind the famous red DIRK bag and ‘Bob you, or Bob me?’ campaign – decided just before the start not to participate. He packed his suitcase, but did not go to the other family’s home. His wife had to live there alone for a week. “He had some doubts beforehand,” said Meta. “But the transition was a bit too big for him.”
That decision is not well received by viewers of the program on social media. They show no understanding for Eugène’s choice to “abandon” his wife. “Sir feels too good for that Very rich, dirt poor,” someone writes. Others call it “ridiculous” and describe him as a “weak figure”.
(view images of Amber and Petra here)
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