Neighbours fan favourite Scott Major, who played Lucas Fitzgerald on the Australian soap has revealed he was “gutted” when he was axed from the show.
The actor told the Daily Telegraph in Australia that it was “kind of a rude shock”.
Writing for the newspaper, he added that leaving the show was like breaking up with a girlfriend. “It was like being in a relationship with someone who you’re happy with and want to spend the rest of your life with, and then having them say, ‘Sorry, I don’t want you anymore.’
“The feeling of rejection was quite high. I put my heart and soul into my role. I worked very hard and I loved the job. I had to go through the break-up of giving my all and someone saying, ‘I don’t want your all; actually, I’m moving on.'”
Major appeared on Neighbours for five years between 2008 and 2013. He revealed that one of the worst bits of the news about the axe was that he was given enough notice to think about it.
“They gave me six months’ warning, which was both good and bad.
“It was a double-edged sword because I was able to put some money away and sort my future out, but I also felt like a dead man walking around the corridors.
“Everyone would ask, ‘Oh, how are you coping? Are you ready to leave? What’s next?’ No one likes to be looked at that way.”
However, Scott has since been back to the Neighbours studios more than he could have expected, becoming a regular director on the show.
“I did a six-month directing internship,” Major said. “I remember the first episode I directed by myself; I felt like somebody had given me the keys to the car and I was only on my L-plates!”
In the end, he says that the cast put him “at ease” and their support allowed him “to grow as a director”.
Scott is now working on the Poppy Seed Theatre Festival [a month-long series in Melbourne], which helps independent artists remain sustainable in a difficult industry.
Neighbours airs weekdays on Channel 5 at 1:35 and 5:30pm.