Neighbours ‘will receive the send-off it deserves’ at the AACTAs after poor Logie Awards farewell


Neighbours ‘will receive the send-off it deserves’ at the AACTAs – after the TV Week Logie Awards was slammed for failing to honour axed soap properly

The TV Week Logie Awards attracted widespread criticism for failing to properly acknowledge the cancellation of Neighbours last Sunday night. 

But it seems Australia’s longest-running soap will receive the send-off it deserves at the next AACTA Awards ceremony.

The AACTA Awards, sponsored by Foxtel, is set to invite the cast of Neighbours on-stage and ‘make a point’ of saying goodbye, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Drama Brian Walsh told MediaWeek

Foxtel has announced Neighbours 'will receive the send-off it deserves' at the AACTA Awards - after the TV Week Logie Awards was slammed for failing to honour axed soap properly. Pictured: Former Neighbours stars Daniel MacPherson (left) and Natalie Bassingthwaighte (right) at the Logies on Sunday

Foxtel has announced Neighbours ‘will receive the send-off it deserves’ at the AACTA Awards – after the TV Week Logie Awards was slammed for failing to honour axed soap properly. Pictured: Former Neighbours stars Daniel MacPherson (left) and Natalie Bassingthwaighte (right) at the Logies on Sunday 

‘It was a major disappointment for me particularly because we had the cast of Neighbours in the room. What would it have taken to let them come up on stage and have their moment?’ said Walsh, who worked as a publicist for Neighbours in the 1980s.

Walsh described the Logies send-ff as ‘dismissive’, adding: ‘If we’re going to celebrate success on a night like the Logies then for goodness sake, please let a show that’s entertained audiences for 37 years have its moment and take a bow.’ 

Walsh vowed to right the wrongs of the Logies at the impending 12th annual AACTA Awards.

The AACTA Awards, sponsored by Foxtel, is set to invite the cast of Neighbours on-stage and 'make a point' of saying goodbye, Foxtel's Executive Director of Drama Brian Walsh (pictured) told MediaWeek

The AACTA Awards, sponsored by Foxtel, is set to invite the cast of Neighbours on-stage and ‘make a point’ of saying goodbye, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Drama Brian Walsh (pictured) told MediaWeek 

Walsh described the Logies send-ff as 'dismissive', adding: 'If we're going to celebrate success on a night like the Logies then for goodness sake, please let a show that's entertained audiences for 37 years have its moment and take a bow.' Pictured: The cast of Neighbours at the Logies last Sunday

Walsh described the Logies send-ff as ‘dismissive’, adding: ‘If we’re going to celebrate success on a night like the Logies then for goodness sake, please let a show that’s entertained audiences for 37 years have its moment and take a bow.’ Pictured: The cast of Neighbours at the Logies last Sunday 

‘I can tell you that AACTAs this year will make a point of giving Neighbours the farewell it so richly deserves. That was a huge mistake on Sunday night.’

It comes after Neighbours, which just filmed its last episode after being cancelled following a historic 37-year run, was barely mentioned at TV’s night of nights, with the cast and crew having to sit through a short highlight reel and brief speech by two former stars. 

During the Logies’ tribute, a highlight reel aired of Neighbours’ most memorable moments, including fan favourites Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.

During the Logies' tribute, a highlight reel aired of Neighbours' most memorable moments, including fan favourites Kylie Minogue (pictured) and Jason Donovan

During the Logies’ tribute, a highlight reel aired of Neighbours’ most memorable moments, including fan favourites Kylie Minogue (pictured) and Jason Donovan 

Neighbours alumni MacPherson, 42, and Bassingthwaighte, 46, then appeared on stage to present the award for Most Popular New Talent.

Both actors had started their careers on the 10 Peach soap opera.

‘I have so many amazing memories of my time on the show,’ Bassingthwaighte said.

Ryan Moloney (pictured), one of Neighbours' longest-serving cast members, subsequently slammed the organisers of the Logie Awards for failing to give the Aussie soap a proper send-off

Ryan Moloney (pictured), one of Neighbours’ longest-serving cast members, subsequently slammed the organisers of the Logie Awards for failing to give the Aussie soap a proper send-off  

She namechecked Neighbours lifers Jackie Woodburne, Alan Fletcher, Stefan Dennis and Ian Smith as her ‘mentors’ in the industry.

Ryan Moloney, one of Neighbours’ longest-serving cast members, subsequently slammed the organisers of the Logie Awards for failing to give the Aussie soap a proper send-off. 

Moloney, who plays Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi, said on Wednesday he was ‘incredibly disappointed’ by the lacklustre tribute put together for the ceremony.

The popular show, which just filmed its last episode after being cancelled following a historic 37-year run, was barely mentioned at TV's night of nights, with the cast and crew having to sit through a short highlight reel and brief speech by two former stars. Pictured is the 2022 cast

The popular show, which just filmed its last episode after being cancelled following a historic 37-year run, was barely mentioned at TV’s night of nights, with the cast and crew having to sit through a short highlight reel and brief speech by two former stars. Pictured is the 2022 cast 

He told 2Day FM’s Hughesy, Ed and Erin the Neighbours cast members who were invited to the Logies all had bad seats with cameras obstructing their view of the stage.

The Ramsay Street veteran, 42, also said it was unfair that two former Neighbours stars, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Daniel MacPherson, were invited on stage to share their memories of the soap, instead of an actor currently on the series.

Moloney said the entire 2022 cast should have been invited on stage to say one final goodbye to their peers after the show was cancelled in March.

Moloney (pictured with co-star Stefan Dennis at the Logies) told 2Day FM the Neighbours stars who were invited to the Logies had bad seats with cameras obstructing their view of the stage

Moloney (pictured with co-star Stefan Dennis at the Logies) told 2Day FM the Neighbours stars who were invited to the Logies had bad seats with cameras obstructing their view of the stage

He also revealed cast members from rival soap Home and Away had approached the Neighbours crew to say how shocked they were by the lack of a proper tribute.

‘We turned up, and we did our mandatory three-hour talking to people on the red carpet… When we got in the room we ended up being split up and stuck on two different tables, it was horrible!’ Moloney said. 

‘Our table was actually even stuck behind the cameras; we couldn’t even see the stage. It was incredibly disappointing the package they put together.’ 

The Ramsay Street veteran, 42, also said it was unfair that two former Neighbours stars, Natalie Bassingthwaighte (right) and Daniel MacPherson  were invited on stage to share their memories of the soap, instead of an actor currently on the series

The Ramsay Street veteran also said it was unfair that two former Neighbours stars, Natalie Bassingthwaighte (right) and Daniel MacPherson (left), were invited on stage to share their memories of the soap, instead of an actor currently on the series

Moloney went on to say the cast deserved a chance to come on stage to say their last goodbyes after the highlight reel of Neighbours’ most memorable moments.

‘Daniel and Nat are just absolutely gorgeous people and absolutely nothing against them, but we’ve got people who have been on TV for nearly 30 years each, and I think probably the least they could do is get us to say something,’ he said.

‘I mean we’re in the bloody [Logies] Hall of Fame. That’s not how you treat people and a show that’s in the Hall of Fame. I mean, good luck to the Logies, really.’

Neighbours was axed after the UK's Channel 5 decided in March not to renew its contract with production company Fremantle to finance and broadcast the series

Neighbours was axed after the UK’s Channel 5 decided in March not to renew its contract with production company Fremantle to finance and broadcast the series 

Leading industry blogger David Knox of TV Tonight has also criticised the Logies’ Neighbours tribute, insisting the soap opera’s cast should’ve been invited on stage to take a bow during the on-air tribute.

‘Only a week ago the show wrapped 37 years of production, unsurpassed in Australian drama history,’ Mr Knox wrote after the ceremony.

‘That cast should have been on the stage and taken a bow. The entire room would have given them a standing ovation. The Home and Away team would have been their biggest fans on the night,’ he said. 

Neighbours was axed after the UK’s Channel 5 decided in March not to renew its contract with production company Fremantle to finance and broadcast the series.

The last episode of Neighbours will air in Australia and the UK on August 1. 

The last episode of Neighbours will air in Australia and the UK on August 1

The last episode of Neighbours will air in Australia and the UK on August 1 

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