Neighbours

Home and Away star Georgie Parker responds to “really sad” Neighbours axing news

Home and Away star Georgie Parker has spoken to Insertions.us about the sad news that Neighbours will be ending this year.

Filming on Neighbours will wrap for the final time on June 10, bringing the show’s incredible 37-year run to a close.

In a recent chat with Insertions.us, Georgie – who plays Summer Bay’s Roo Stewart – reflected on what the loss of Neighbours will mean for the Australian TV industry.

“I think it’s very sad in many ways,” she told us.

“In one respect, it’s very sad for the industry. It’s been an incredible source of employment for all of the actors and crew in Melbourne.

“It’s created an enormous platform for a huge number of Australian actors who have gone on to further their careers overseas.

“It’s been an incredible launch pad for so many careers and it’s sad when any show comes to an end as it’s the end not only of opportunities, but also an era of a long-running drama and what that gives a country and the viewing audience. It’s really sad.”

Georgie has a strong history in the soap genre as she previously starred in A Country Practice and All Saints before joining Home and Away.

She is the second Home and Away star to voice support for Neighbours following the news that the show will be ending.

In February, Shane Withington – who plays John Palmer on Home and Away­ – spoke out on Twitter when reports first emerged that Neighbours had been dropped.

He posted: “Sending thoughts and solidarity to our comrades in Ramsay Street.”

Neighbours is ending after Channel 5 decided to withdraw its funding for the show, leaving production company Fremantle without a UK broadcast partner.

Although Neighbours rates higher than Home and Away in the UK, Home and Away is currently safe as it has a rare “life of series” deal with Channel 5 and continues to perform well in Australia on Channel 7.

Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm on Channel 5 and 6pm on 5STAR. First-look screenings air at 6.30pm on 5STAR and the show also streams on My5.

Selected classic episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.