Neighbours axed for good as bosses confirm they haven’t found new home for soap

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Neighbours has been axed for good, with production staff confirming they have been unable to find a new home for the Australian soap opera.

According to The Mirror, production company Fremantle Media has reportedly resonated to the fact that another channel won't be able to pick up the show.

A formal announcement is expected later this week, with bosses expected to say that after an "extensive search for alternative funding", they have failed to secure an alternative channel for Neighbours.

It comes after Channel 5 announced it would no longer be able to show and budget the soap.

A statement from the UK broadcaster at the time read: "Neighbours will no longer air on Channel 5 beyond this summer. It’s been a much-loved part of our schedule for more than a decade, and we’d like to thank the cast, Fremantle and all of the production team for their fantastic work on this iconic series.

"We’d also of course like to thank the fans for their loyal support of Neighbours across the years."

They added: "We recognise that there will be disappointment about this decision, however our current focus is on increasing our investment in original UK drama, which has strong appeal for our viewers."

A petition has been signed by more than 60,000 people in an attempt to save the much-loved show – which gave stars like Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan their starts.

The petitioner begged: "Neighbours has been a staple on UK screens for over 35 years – and has been watched by generations. It now faces the axe due to reports that Channel 5 are struggling to come to a deal with Fremantle Media.

"Neighbours is more than just a TV show – it is a source of comfort and entertainment for generations of fans who have watched it for decades – it is one of the most loved TV shows in the UK and brings lots of viewers from all backgrounds to Channel 5's catalogue of channels. Even Adele is a fan.

"Channel 5 – we plead with you – please find a way to keep Neighbours on air."

Since the news initially broke, numerous stars have commented on the cancellation, with Susan Kennedy actress Jackie Woodburne telling Radio Times: "People are really going to miss the show and it's going to leave a massive gap in the landscape of not just Australian television but internationally and specifically in the UK as well."

Former star Natalie Imbruglia added: "I think it's devastating. I think, you know, who wants life without Neighbours?

"Especially in this country. I don't actually know why this is happening. I just think it's really sad."

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