Neighbours star Takaya Honda says he had no idea that the show was being rebooted.
Soap fans rejoiced as a reboot was announced just months after the soap was axed - but some of the cast have claimed they had no idea it was coming back and found out the same time as everyone else. The actor, 35 - who played David Tanaka on the show - was left stunned when it was revealed online today that Neighbours was coming back.
In a post shared on social media, they wrote: "Breaking News from Erinsborough! Neighbours will return for a brand-new series next year exclusively on @AmazonFreevee, alongside thousands of episodes from previous seasons to stream as you please.
" #Neighbours will be available on @AmazonFreevee in the UK and US and will return to @channel10au in Australia. We can’t thank you all enough for your love and support and are so excited for this new adventure!"
Excited fans rushed to social media to share their excitement - but one cast member revealed they had no idea it was making a comeback as fans spammed the stars for more information on what was happening.
Responding to the promotional video, which included several Neighbours legends, Takaya said he had no idea the show was back.
"Just FYI the cast is finding this out right now. Give us time to process. We don’t know anything," he wrote on Twitter
It has been confirmed Stefan Dennis as Paul Robinson, Alan Fletcher as Karl Kennedy, Ryan Moloney as Toadie Rebecchi, and Jackie Woodburne as Susan Kennedy will all return whilst Jason Herbison, Neighbours’ executive producer since 2013, will be back in his role, whilst Andrew Thompson will also make a return as a producer.
Amazon Studios AVOD content boss Lauren Anderson said of the reboot: "Neighbours has captivated its audience for nearly 40 years, building a dedicated and loyal following for the lives and stories of the characters on Ramsay Street.
“With the power of streaming, we’re able to offer a catalogue of thousands of Neighbours episodes for new audiences to discover - we look forward to immersing the audience in new Ramsay Street experiences when we relaunch the show next year."