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"This is a sad day indeed": Neighbours star Alan Fletcher shares heartfelt plea following the soap's axing

The actor has played Karl Kennedy for almost 28 years.

By Alex Lilly
After nearly 37 years on the air, Neighbours will stop production in June marking the end of an era.
One person who's particularly rocked by this decision is Alan Fletcher, who has played Dr Karl Kennedy on the long-running soap since 1994.
"It's official, all attempts to #SaveNeighbours have been unsuccessful and #fremantle has confirmed the show will end production in June this year," Alan penned on Instagram.
"This is a sad day indeed. I want to express my deepest gratitude to the millions of fans all around the world who have supported our iconic drama for 37 wonderful years. And huge thanks to our broadcast partners @channel10au and @channel5_tv who have been incredible supporters of the show for so long.
Alan then pleaded with fans: "Please stick with the show right to the end because the final episodes will be an incredible celebration with returning characters and extraordinary story lines."
"Neighbours has been my creative home for almost 28 years." (Image: Instagram)
The actor continued by reflecting on his own Neighbours experience and gave a special shoutout to Jackie Woodburne who plays his on-screen wife Susan Kennedy.
"On a personal level @neighbours has been my creative home for almost 28 years. It has provided me with enormous artistic satisfaction and deep, everlasting friendships that I will treasure forever. Most especially my artistic partnership with the spectacular #jackiewoodburne who has truly made the journey the greatest joy imaginable.
"The show has also connected me to thousands of people who have supported my work on and offscreen through my music and stage appearances. I am filled with #gratitude #staytuned #celebrateneighbours #farewellneighbours #pleasestickwithus."
Alan and co-star Jackie Woodburne have played Karl and Susan Kennedy since the 90s. (Image: Ten)
Past and present Neighbours cast members shared their support in the comments with Alan.
"Beautiful words mate. Sending lots of love," Rob Mills who played villain Finn Kelly wrote.
"Beautiful Alan. Congratulations on all you have built over the last 28 years. Xox," penned Lucy Durack.
Meanwhile Dan MacPherson remarked: "I'll never forget my time with the Kennedy's mate 🙏🏼❤️"
In 2019, Alan and Jackie reflected to TV WEEK on 25 years on working together on the soap.
"It's really marvellous. It's just a real honour to be part of television history in Australia," Alan said.
"25 years is an incredibly long time but it feels like yesterday!" Jackie added. "Time has gone so quickly and we've seen so many people come and gone. It's been wonderful."
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