Neighbours will terminate production in June after nearly 37 years on the air, marking the end of an era.
Alan Fletcher, who has played Dr. Karl Kennedy on the long-running drama since 1994, has been particularly shaken by this decision.
Alan wrote on Instagram, “It’s official, all attempts to #SaveNeighbours have failed, and #fremantle has confirmed the show will terminate production in June this year.”
“This is a very terrible day. I’d want to convey my heartfelt gratitude to the millions of fans who have supported our famous drama for the past 37 years. Also, a huge thank you to our broadcast partners @channel10au and @channel5_tv for your long-term support of the show.
“Please stick with the programme until the finish because the last episodes will be a great celebration with returning characters and extraordinary narrative lines,” Alan appealed with viewers.
The actor went on to talk about his personal Neighbours experience, including a particular mention for Jackie Woodburne, who plays his on-screen wife Susan Kennedy.
“For almost 28 years, @neighbours has been my creative home.” It has given me immense artistic fulfilment as well as strong, lasting connections that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Especially my artistic collaboration with the incredible #jackiewoodburne, who has made the voyage the most enjoyable experience imaginable.
“Through my music and stage appearances, the programme has also connected me to thousands of people who have supported my efforts on and offscreen.” #staytuned #celebrateneighbours #farewellneighbours #pleasestickwithus,” I’m filled with thankfulness.
Alan received encouragement from past and present Neighbours cast members in the comments section.
“Wonderful words, mate. Rob Mills, who played the evil Finn Kelly, stated on Twitter, “Sending tonnes of love.”
“Wonderful Alan. Congratulations on everything you’ve accomplished in the last 28 years. “Xox,” Lucy Durack wrote.
Dan MacPherson, on the other hand, said, “I’ll never forget my time with the Kennedy’s mate 🙏🏼❤️”
Alan and Jackie reflected on 25 years of working together on the soap for TV WEEK in 2019.
“It’s very amazing.” “It’s a true honour to be a part of Australian television history,” Alan stated.
“Twenty-five years is an eternity, but it feels like yesterday!” Jackie went on to say. “We’ve seen a lot of individuals come and go in such a short amount of time. It’s been fantastic.”