Wiggles member Anthony Field with his brother / manager Paul Field in their studio. Friday 18th May 2012.

Siblings in charge … Anthony Field, left, with his brother and manager, Paul. Photo: James Brickwood

Blue Wiggle Anthony Field gets straight to the point: "You don't stay together for 21 years and have a dictator at the front."

Fending off suggestions there was trouble in the Wiggles camp before his three band mates retired, Field said he always consulted the group.

"I've done more of the production than any of the guys, that's my job - I'm the producer for all the DVDs, all the music and all the live shows, that's what I do," he said.

Emma Watkins.

Recent recruit Emma Watkins. Photo: Janie Barrett

"But I've always gone to my mate Murray, my mate Greg and my mate Jeff and said 'what do you think about this?' If they've ever got an idea or a song, I'd say 'come on guys, let's do it'."

He said farewelling his three band mates was ''terrible''.

"The end of it is going to be very sad - I know they're going to struggle to know what to do with themselves," Field said.

"The children know that Dorothy's still there, they know that Wags and Henry and Captain Feathersword … are still with us.''

Field revealed Murray Cook, the red Wiggle, was the first to say he was resigning, leading to a domino effect among the other members of the band, with Jeff Fatt revealing his decision soon after had Cook.

"We didn't know Murray was going to leave - or Jeff - and they did it on the same day,'' Field said. ''Murray's been talking about it for years but he's actually never really said it. This time he said it, then Greg [Page] went well 'look, if you're going that's the end for me. The original line-up's what I want to be a part of'.''

After the removal of Sam Moran in January, Page had been back with the band for only four months when he decided to retire.

The three will continue to have a financial stake in the business.

When Field was asked why he did not call it a day alongside his band mates - and introduce a whole new line-up - the 49-year-old said he still has an incredible passion for educating children.

"I didn't even consider it, this is what I love doing, this is what I am."

Behind the scenes there was a business case for the blue Wiggle to stay.

Paul Field, the band's manager, said his brother remaining in the band was a vital decision to placate American, British and Canadian business partners. "We've spoken to most of our partners - our broadcasters in Canada and the UK and US and so on - the long and short of it, is most of them understand it.

''They were also overwhelmingly very happy that Anthony is continuing as the blue Wiggle. They know what his role is in the group - he's the creative ball of energy."

The Field brothers are now squarely at the helm of Wiggles Inc., although both say it is entertaining children, not making tough business decisions, that drives them.

with Karl Quinn