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Channel 5 reveals Home And Away is safe one week after Neighbours final episode

British broadcaster Channel 5 takes a brutal swipe at defunct soap Neighbors as they confirm Home And Away is safe and ‘not going anywhere’

Channel 5 has confirmed Home And Away will not be canceled after British broadcaster fired fellow Australian soap Neighbors after being on the air for 37 years.

The program director, Ben Frow, said the show is on a lifetime deal, so it will only be canceled if the creators choose to do so.

“It’s a deal for the life of a series, so it’s not going anywhere until the creators decide to cancel it,” Ben told Radio Times.

Channel 5 revealed that Home And Away cannot be canceled a week after Neighbors aired their last episode

He continued: ‘I think it will be interesting to see what we do with it as we evolve. There might be another place to put it on the 5 spectrum.”

When questioned about the decision to quit Neighbors after 38 seasons, Frow said it was a business decision and the money will go to other opportunities.

“I could spend the money on other things, and that’s what I decided. I’d better spend the neighbours’ money on shows in the UK,” explained Frow.

Many celebrities came back to their roots to honor the neighbors' latest episode, including Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan

Many celebrities came back to their roots to honor the neighbors’ latest episode, including Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan

Everywhere: The beleaguered soap, Neighbors, has faced an uncertain future after its cancellation by the original network Channel 5 (the cast is pictured in 1995)

Everywhere: The beleaguered soap, Neighbors, has faced an uncertain future after its cancellation by the original network Channel 5 (the cast is pictured in 1995)

Say goodbye: British broadcaster Channel 5 announced in March that they would no longer broadcast the Australian soap (pictured, 1986 cast with Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue)

Say goodbye: British broadcaster Channel 5 announced in March that they would no longer broadcast the Australian soap (pictured, 1986 cast with Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue)

Home And Away has been on the air for 34 years and has always competed with Neighbors who was on the air for 37 years.

Both shows have been incredibly successful and the starting point for so many young actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Margot Robbie and Russell Crowe.

Channel 5 announced they would stop broadcasting Neighbors in February, a few months before the final aired on Friday, July 29.

Playing the role: Chris Hemsworth launched his career playing wheelchair-bound hunk Josh Taylor (right) on the street from 2007 to 2008 (pictured left in 2020)

There he is: the actor in an undated still from the show

Playing the role: Chris Hemsworth launched his career playing wheelchair-bound hunk Josh Taylor (right) on the street from 2007 to 2008 (pictured left in 2020)

Beauty: Margot is a big Hollywood star

Career: Margot began her on-screen life as Donna Freeman in Neighbors 2008

Hollywood star: Margot Robbie (pictured in Neighbours, right) has since had a major hit starring in blockbuster movies

Hollywood heavyweight: Russell has had huge success in the film industry

Movie veteran: Russell played ex-con Kenny Larkin in four episodes in the 1980s

Movie veteran: Russell played ex-con Kenny Larkin in four episodes in the 1980s

At the time of the original announcement, fans were quick to express their disappointment at the news, with someone writing on Twitter: “This makes me so sad. It’s the only show I’m rushing home for. The only show I HAVE TO WATCH every day. Come on @CBC HELP!! #SaveNeighbours’

Many celebrities came back to their roots to honor the show’s final episode, including Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.

On the night, however, there was backlash on social media as Kylie and Jason only had a few lines of dialogue.

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Response: At the time, fans were quick to express their disappointment at the news, with someone writing on Twitter, “This makes me so sad.  It's the only show I'm rushing home for.  The only show I HAVE TO WATCH every day.  Come on @CBC HELP!!  #SaveNeighbours'

Response: At the time, fans were quick to express their disappointment at the news, with someone writing on Twitter, “This makes me so sad. It’s the only show I’m rushing home for. The only show I HAVE TO WATCH every day. Come on @CBC HELP!! #SaveNeighbours’

Legendary: Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan became household names thanks to their roles as young couple Charlene and Scott Robinson

Legendary: Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan became household names thanks to their roles as young couple Charlene and Scott Robinson

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