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Kylie Minogue pays emotional tribute to Neighbors as soap is axed after 37 years

Kylie Minogue has said she will be “forever grateful” for her time at Neighbors after it was confirmed the longtime Australian soap would cease production in June.

It has been announced that the daytime drama, which has been shown on British television for more than 30 years, will end after losing its main UK broadcasting partner and being unable to find alternative funding.

The popular show helped launch the careers of many stars, including Minogue when she came on to play the role of Charlene Robinson in 1986.

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Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan starred in Neighbors (PA).

Paying tribute to the soap on Twitter, she wrote, “I will forever be grateful for the experience and the friends I made on @neighbours.

“We had no idea how big the show was going to be and how passionately viewers would take it to heart.

“Pure love! I can still hear Madge calling out… CHARLENE!!!!”

The drama about the residents of Ramsay Street also helped actors like Jason Donovan and Margot Robbie to fame.

The future of the show was in doubt after Channel 5 confirmed last month that the show would cease airing.

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And on Thursday, the show’s Twitter account said: “We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and nearly 9,000 episodes on the air, we have to confirm that Neighbors will end production in June.

“After the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK, and despite an intensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no choice but to cancel the show.

“We know this is a huge disappointment for our amazing, loyal fans, as well as for all of us on the team. We thank you for all of your messages and support and promise to end the show on an incredible climax. From now on we celebrate neighborhoods.”

Channel 5 said the soap’s dump would allow funding to be redirected to original British dramas.

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Margot Robbie had a role in the soap before her Hollywood career (PA)

Neighbors, the longest-running drama series on Australian television, originally started on the country’s channel Seven in 1985, but the channel scrapped it before Ten picked it up the following year and it became an international hit.

In Australia it has been shown on digital channel 10 Peach since 2011 and relies on the UK broadcaster for funding.

Neighbors was shown on BBC One until 2008 when it moved to Channel 5.

It has featured a number of British guest stars in recent years, including Amanda Holden, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ryan Thomas and Janet Street-Porter.

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