Long-time Neighbours star Ryan Moloney has delivered a furious spray to organisers of the Logies for what he claims was massive disrespect towards the iconic show.
Neighbours’, which has been bringing the fictional world of Ramsay Street in Erinsborough into lounge rooms around the world since the mid-1980s, will screen its final episode in August.
The soap shot its final scenes earlier this month, amid a huge outpouring of emotion from stars and fans.
So it’s reasonable to think the show might have got the royal treatment at Sunday night’s Logie Awards, which were screened on Channel 9.
But if you thought the show was due a grand and fitting farewell from the Logies, given the amount of huge stars the show has launched and actors it has kept in work over the years, think again.
Former Neighbours actors Natalie Bassingthwaite and Daniel McPherson took to the stage on behalf of the entire cast – something that clearly annoyed Moloney – who played Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi.
When asked by 2Day FM presenter Dave Hughes why only two former stars got up on stage, the 42-year-old didn’t hold back.
“I didn’t think we’d get on stage, I didn’t kind of expect that we’d get on stage – no one gave us a head’s up,” Moloney said.
“We turned up there and we did our mandatory three hours of talking to people on the red carpet, got in the room.
“We ended up getting split up and stuck on two different tables.
“It was horrible – our table was actually stuck behind the cameras, we couldn’t actually see the stage.
“I kind of figured that we weren’t going to get a gig then.”
Moloney believed organisers should have done much better to salute the show and its immense contribution to the Australian entertainment industry.
“In all honesty it was incredibly disappointing, the package that they put together.
“I kind of watched it and went ‘oh, ok Neighbours has just been by a whole lot of food being dumped on people’s heads’.
“Daniel and Nat are absolutely gorgeous people and absolutely nothing against them, but we’ve got people who have been on TV for nearly 30 years each.
“I think probably the least they could do is get us to actually say something.
“We’re in the bloody hall of fame.
“If this is how you treat a show that’s in the hall of fame, then good luck to the Logies really.”
Moloney revealed one of the show’s fiercest rivals said the treatment was out of line.
“If this is any indication, the cast of Home and Away came up afterwards and were saying how sorry they are that that’s what we got,” he said.