The executive producer of Neighbours has revealed why Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan had such little dialogue in the finale last week.
Speaking to TV Tonight, Jason Herbison said the pair filmed their special appearance before he had even written the final episode – so what they said had to fit in with the rest of the storyline.
He added that Kylie and Jason, who appeared on the soap back in the 80s, didn’t want their highly-anticipated return to Ramsay Street to ‘overshadow’ the show and it’s latest cast members.
It comes after some fans expressed disappointment the pair so little as they reprised their iconic roles as Charlene and Scott Robinson.
‘Our discussions with Jason and Kylie were always about making a small appearance,’ Herbison told TV Tonight.
‘They didn’t want to overshadow the current cast or make the finale about them. We also filmed their scenes before I’d written the episode, so whatever we filmed had to fit in with that.’
He went on to defend Kylie after she copped some backlash on social media, saying: ‘I hate to see Kylie copping any criticism – she was nothing short of amazing on the day.’
Some fans came up with theories about their lack of dialogue, saying Kylie could have been paid ‘word for word’.
‘On the review of the Neighbours finale… Did Kylie actually say anything?’ one fan tweeted.
Another added: ‘Kylie Minogue saying absolutely nothing on the neighbours finale is genuinely hilarious.’
Others said she only spoke about ‘five words’.
‘Wow wow wow,’ Scott said as they stepped out of the Mini during the finale.
‘This is crazy. We made it eh?’ he added.
Kylie’s character Charlene then said: ‘Home sweet home.’
Later, Charlene called out to Harold after seeing Harold Bishop in Ramsay Street.
The finale centered around Toadie’s (Ryan Moloney) wedding to Melanie (Lucinda Cowden) as many familiar faces reunited for the picturesque lakeside ceremony and street party afterwards, while other pals – including Margot Robbie’s Donna Freedman) – sent their well wishes in sweet video messages to mark the big day.
Kylie and Jason’s beloved characters Charlene and Scott Robinson made their much-anticipated entrance to the garden party as they pulled up on Ramsay Street in their recognisable green Mini before surprising their pals.
The couple returned to Erinsborough for the first time since they bid farewell to the suburb and moved to Brisbane after tying the knot in a romantic wedding ceremony more than 30 years ago.
As well as Kylie and Jason making a final appearance on the show, there were also epic returns made by Holly Valance (Flick Scully), Natalie Imbruglia (Beth Brennan), Guy Pearce (Mike Young) and Ian Smith (Harold Bishop) as they reprised their roles on the soap opera.