Brook Hall, Channel Seven’s Director of Content Scheduling, has chastised Australian stars in Hollywood who “do not like to talk about” how they got their start on the enormously famous serial after they’ve made it big.
Brook told TV Tonight that he was “proud” of the long-running beachfront soap, adding that it was also Seven’s most expensive production, while its competitor Neighbours faces the chop after 37 years on the air.
“I’m really proud of Home and Away, which is undoubtedly our most important show and our most significant financial investment. We are not obligated to do so. We have faith in it “he stated.
“Over the last 20 years, our greatest successful actor exports have come from a show that no one wants to count as premium drama,” he added.
“It’s a terrific thing on actors’ résumés for LA because it has such good training,” he said, adding, “Even though some of the actors don’t enjoy talking about it when they go over there.”
Brook’s remark could be a thinly veiled dig at Melissa George, the former actress of Home and Away, who upset fans when she notoriously forbade journalists from inquiring about her debut on the show.
“I don’t need my country’s credibility any longer; all I need is for everyone to keep silent. Please stop talking to me if they have nothing intelligent to say “Melissa told Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies on The Morning Show at the time.
“I’d rather be walking my French bulldog in New York City or eating a croissant in Paris,” she added.
Melissa played Angel Brooks on Home and Away from 1993 to 2005, following which she relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 21 to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.