Veteran Neighbors actor Ryan Moloney has delivered a stunning rant against the Logie Awards live on radio this morning.
Ryan Moloney didn’t hold back as he savaged the Logie Awards’ treatment of the end of Neighbors on breakfast radio this morning.
The actor, who has played Jarrod “Toadie” Rebecchi on the soap since 1995, ripped into the awards ceremony’s efforts in acknowledging Neighbors is about to come to an end, arguing those in the In Memoriam segment got a better run than they did.
Speaking on 2Day FM’s Hughesy, Ed and Erin breakfast this morning, Moloney launched a stunning rant against the award show organizers for seating the team “behind the cameras” on Sunday night, and having former cast members Daniel MacPherson and Natalie Bassingthwaighte represent the cast on stage over actors who have been in the show for decades.
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“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 began.
“Our table was actually even stuck behind the cameras, we couldn’t even see the stage… So we figured we weren’t going to get a gig then,” he added.
Moloney said he found the package of snippets from the show that played during the ceremony “incredibly disappointing.”
Elsewhere, he suggested having Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Daniel MacPherson represent the cast on stage was an affront to the show’s veteran stars, given they were both only part of the cast for four years.
“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 … I mean we’re in the bloody Hall of Fame, that’s not how you treat a show that’s in the Hall of Fame. I mean good luck to the Logies really,” he smoked.
But he didn’t stop there.
“If it’s any indication, the In Memoriam section … I mean half the people in that have worked on Neighbors … They got a better guernsey than we did,” he said.
He said that actors from the show’s rival Channel 7 soap, Home and Away, even noticed the snub, approaching the table to offer their sympathy later in the night.
“The cast of Home and Away came up afterwards and said how sorry they were that we got (snubbed),” he said.
In March, it was announced to devastated fans that Neighbors was coming to an end.
“Following the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK and despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show,” Fremantle Media said in a statement.
“To our amazing, loyal fans, we know this is a huge disappointment, as it is to all of us on the team. We thank you for all your messages and support and promise to end the show on an incredible high. From here on, we are celebrating Neighbours.”
Neighbors draws around 1.5 million UK viewers daily, and up to 170,000 metro viewers in Australia.
The finale — which will feature special guest appearances from Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue — is expected to air in August.