Neighbours star David Clencie accuses show’s ‘disgraceful’ producers of stealing his storyline ideas

Former Neighbours star accuses the show’s ‘disgraceful’ producers of stealing one of his storyline ideas and ‘shafting him’ when he complained

Original Neighbours star David Clencie, 57, has branded the producers of the show a ‘disgrace’ for allegedly stealing his storyline idea and for ‘shafting him’ when he complained.

Clencie, who played Danny Ramsay in 1985 and 1986, claims Neighbours bosses failed to attribute his idea which was used in recent episodes for Shane Ramsay’s (Peter O’Brien) return storyline, to him.

Shane recently staged a comeback after a near four-decade absence, making Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis) a proposition to buy Lassiters from him.

Original Neighbours star David Clencie (pictured here on the show in the 80s) has branded the show’s producer’s a ‘disgrace’ for allegedly stealing his idea and 'shafted him' when he complained

Original Neighbours star David Clencie (pictured here on the show in the 80s) has branded the show’s producer’s a ‘disgrace’ for allegedly stealing his idea and ‘shafted him’ when he complained

Clencie, who uttered the first ever words of dialogue on the show when it started on October 27, 1986, claims his idea was ripped off after he floated it in an article he wrote for The Perfect Blend’, which he says is often read by the show’s producers. 

‘In 2020 I did an article for a website called Neighbours the perfect blend,’ he wrote on Facebook.

‘In this Q&A I was asked what were my thoughts as to where my character would be today.

Clencie (pictured here recently) uttered the first ever words of dialogue on the show when it started on October 27, 1986, and is bitter about the action of the show's bosses and labelled them 'not very nice people'

Clencie (pictured here recently) uttered the first ever words of dialogue on the show when it started on October 27, 1986, and is bitter about the action of the show’s bosses and labelled them ‘not very nice people’ 

‘I wrote that I thought he (Danny) would’ve been very successful in business and still been very community minded and very loyal to his family, the Ramsay’s.

‘I was then asked if I would ever make a return and if so what would be a storyline that could be good for a Danny Ramsay return.

‘I wrote that I doubt I’d ever return except if the timing and other cast members like Peter O’Brien who played my brother were there also.

‘A great story line idea I had was that Danny & Shane return to Ramsay St with the intention of buying Lassiters complex from the age old family enemy Paul Robinson. And in turn buy no 24 the Ramsay’s old home.

Clencie is pictured on the set of Neighbours with his trademark long mane

Clencie is pictured on the set of Neighbours with his trademark long mane

‘This would make for a very interesting plot with plenty in it and Danny who had made a lot of money from his business and real estate dealings would lead the takeover and Shane his tradie brother could step in and smooth things over with Paul. 

‘I authored this idea on the Perfect Blend which is known and read by producers. Well, fast forward to the last week and the ending of the show after 37 years. The storyline only involves Shane who had unbelievably made millions from bitcoin.

Clencie claims he was ‘completely shafted’ after he ‘approached’ Neighbours producers and ‘offered’ his services for the finale.

‘They were so rude, arrogant and disrespectful,’ he said.

‘What a nasty slap in the face that was to an original cast member and beggars belief really.’

David also took issue with the fact that his character Danny could be seen in a flashback clip used during Neighbours’ final episodes and he was not ‘offered a fee’ for it.

Clencie concluded his Facebook rant by claiming he ‘deserved better’.

‘I believe I deserved much better and probably gives an insight as to why the show is ending,’ he said. 

Neighbours finished on Thursday night with an hour-long outing that celebrated everything that fans hoped to see. Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan are seen taking a selfie together on the set of the Neighbours Finale

Neighbours finished on Thursday night with an hour-long outing that celebrated everything that fans hoped to see. Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan are seen taking a selfie together on the set of the Neighbours Finale

Neighbours finished on Thursday night with an hour-long outing that celebrated everything that fans hoped to see.

The show’s biggest drawcards Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan returned to the set for the finale amidst much fanfare from fans.

Guy Pearce, Delta Goodrem and Natalie Bassingthwaighte were also among the galaxy of stars who returned for the show’s final scenes. Margo Robbie was unable to travel back to Melbourne due to her ongoing Hollywood commitments but appeared via zoom.

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