After 9,000 episodes and 37 years, the hit Australian TV show ‘Neighbours’ has been canceled

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MELBOURNE: The Australian soap opera that helped launch the careers of Kylie Minogue, Margot Robbie and Russell Crowe announced on Thursday it would end production after ‘Neighbours’ failed to find a new broadcast partner.

“We are truly sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and nearly 9,000 episodes aired, we must confirm that Neighbors will cease production this summer,” the hit series said in a statement.

The Melbourne-based show has struggled for months to find a broadcaster in Britain – where it has enjoyed a cult following for 36 years.

Current UK broadcaster Channel 5 said it would not air the program after June, forcing producers to pull the plug.

A generation of Britons grew up watching characters such as Charlene Robinson (Minogue) and her on-screen beau Scott Robinson, as well as an ensemble cast that over the years included Guy Pearce, Natalie Imbruglia and Liam Hemsworth.

Such was the show’s popularity that at one point it was criticized for adopting an Australian-style rising intonation at the end of sentences.

“To our amazing and loyal fans, we know this is a huge disappointment, as it is to all of us on the team,” the show tweeted.

“We thank you for all of your messages and support and promise to end the show on an amazing note.”

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