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David Kent & Zoe Delaney

Neighbours boss explains why Kylie Minogue hardly spoke in final after viewer complaints

Neighbours fans have finally been told the reason that Kylie Minogue had so few lines in the star-studded finale of the soap.

After 37 years, the Australian series came off the air for good last month, having been cancelled back in March after failing to secure enough funding from Channel 5 bosses.

Kylie and Jason Donovan returned in the first part of the finale as loved up Scott and Charlene Robinson, having initially starred between 1986 and 1988, being wed in one of the most-viewed weddings in soap history.

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A staggering 19.8 million UK viewers tuned in to watch Charlene tie the knot with Scott in November 1988.

Scott and Charlene Robinson returned for the soap's finale (Freemantle)

But fans were left disappointed by their return, particularly Kylie, who had less lines than other actors.

However, Neighbours boss Jason has revealed Kylie's lack of lines was actually due to the fact the singer and her co-star Jason only planned to make a "small appearance" on the show, as they didn’t want to "overshadow" the current cast members.

"We also filmed their scenes before I’d written the episode, so whatever we filmed had to fit in with that," TV bos Jason has explained to TV Tonight.

"I hate to see Kylie copping any criticism – she was nothing short of amazing on the day.

After the finale aired, one person wrote on Twitter : "Was Kylie's fee per word too high or did she not have much time to rehearse? She barely spoke!"

Many agreed and shared similar sentiments - with some suggesting Kylie is "far too famous to learn lines".

"While Kylie didn't say any lines.... I mean, I don't really care, I still loved it and her and Jason on screen together," one fan mused after the show aired on Channel 5 on Friday.

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan reunited on the set of Australian soap opera Neighbours (PA)

Many of the residents were setting off for pastures new, with all of them having different reasons to head away.

But in a twist, they decided to remain on the street they've called home for years.

To finish the episode, Susan delivered a poignant monologue as Madge Bishop appeared - as a ghost - as the final cameos aired to round off the soap's nearly four decades on screen.


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