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Neighbours stars in tears as they emerge from crisis talks about show’s future

Neighbours stars in tears as they emerge from crisis talks about show's future

The cast, including April Rose Pengilly, Tim Kano, Jackie Woodburne, Jemma Donovan, Tim Kano, Freya Van Dyke, Matt Wilson, were spotted leaving Nunawading Studios

Distressed Neighbours stars were pictured in tears after they emerged from crisis chats about the future of the popular Australian show.

The meeting comes after it was reported that the long-running soap could be axed after 37 years on air.

The cast, including April Rose Pengilly, Tim Kano, Jackie Woodburne, Jemma Donovan, Tim Kano, Freya Van Dyke, Matt Wilson, were spotted leaving Nunawading Studios in Melbourne.

April, who plays Chloe Brennan, was red-faced as she put on sunglasses to hide her face. The star seemed worried as she wore earphones while walking out.

She was also holding onto a Neighbours script as she made her way.

Pictured in her car was Jackie – who plays Susan Kennedy – with a frown on her face as she sat in the driver’s seat.

The actress has played Susan for 27 years.

Meanwhile, Harlow Robinson star Jemma and Zara Selwyn star Freya seemed to be lost in thought as they walked away from the studio.

It is believed Fremantle Australia have been in conversations for weeks with Channel 5 in a bid to keep the show on air, but there has yet to be a deal made, with fans now fearing this could be the end of the much-loved show.

Neighbours began in 1985 and featured some of the biggest stars, including Liam Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Russell Crowe.

A spokesperson for Channel 5 said recently: “Neighbours will no longer air on Channel 5 beyond this summer. It’s been a much-loved part of our schedule for more than a decade, and we’d like to thank the cast, Fremantle and all of the production team for their fantastic work on this iconic series.

Jackie played Susan for 27 years

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“We’d also of course like to thank the fans for their loyal support of Neighbours across the years.”

They added: “We recognise that there will be disappointment about this decision, however, our current focus is on increasing our investment in original UK drama, which has strong appeal for our viewers.”

It is believed there is a gap in revenue of millions of pounds from what the show makes in advertising and what it costs to produce.