“There were times I thought about leaving…”
Neighbours legend Ryan Moloney has revealed that he considered leaving the soap at one point.
In an interview with Inside Soap, Moloney reflected on his time on the show, his very first days on set, the things he’d miss the most and the times he almost considered leaving.
Talking about whether he ever expected to be on the show for so long, he said: “Not at all, each contract that came my way was a blessing.
“There were times I thought about leaving, especially when I was growing up. My friends on the show came in, had a great time and then left for their adventure, either in the UK, US or Australia. I actually feel as though now I’m about to go on my adventure, and I get to see what else is going to happen from this point on. I’m really excited about it.”
Neighbours is set to end after over 9000 episodes and 37 years on air. Moloney made his debut on the soap in September 1995 as Jarrod Rebecchi, or Toadie, and stayed on the show for the next 27 years.
Talking about his experience as Toadie, he said: “I was just happy to have a job! I was a 15 year old kid and didn’t really grasp the concept of it being anything more than that. I was just ready to turn up, have fun and go home.”
Despite the shock of Neighbours ending, the show is looking to go out on a high, bringing back some of its most famous alumni – including Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.
Script producer Shane Isheev also spoke about the show’s ending, describing the final episode as a “celebration” for loyal fans.
Speaking to Insertions.us, Isheev said: “When we knew that Neighbours was going to be finishing up, Jason [Herbison] and I had a meeting with just the two of us and I went to pitch my version of the ending. He went first and told me his thoughts, even the final scene, and the final line, and when he told me I got goosebumps, burst into tears and it was just perfect. We just want it to be a celebration and for people to feel wonderful after watching it.”
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 6pm on Channel 5 and streams on My5. In Australia, the show airs Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on 10 Peach and streams on 10 Play.