Neighbours racism investigation ends ahead of show's cancellation

An investigation into the racism scandal at Neighbours has come to an end ahead of the soap’s final ever episode this summer.

The Herald Sun, a news outlet in Australia, said the investigation ended in December last year, but the discoveries won’t be made public. has contacted Neighbours for a comment on the matter.

It was confirmed the Australian soap would be facing an independent review last April, after a number of cast members spoke out about on-set racism.

Shareena Clanton told social media followers that she struggled to ‘post anything positive’ about her experience working on the soap, claiming that she experienced ‘multiple racist traumas’.

‘It’s been lonely and triggering to work in such a culturally unsafe space,’ the star, who portrayed a ‘second’ Sheila Canning, wrote on Instagram, and vowed that she would never work on the long-running drama again.

In the wake of Shareena’s allegations, Meyne Wyatt, who played Nate Kinski between 2014 and 2016, said on Twitter: ‘I experienced racism on set. It involved the C-word and I called it out, and it didn’t happen around me again.’

Sharon Johal – who left the show after playing Dipi Rebecchi – also said she experienced ‘direct, indirect and casual racism’ as well as racial slurs and mockery, and has said the past four years starring in the long-running soap were painful and problematic.

Finally, Nicola Charles claimed that two cast members tried to get her deported from Australia.

Freemantle Media, the production company that produces Neighbours, then ordered an independent investigation.

CEO of Fremantle Asia Pacific, Chris Oliver-Taylor, said at the time: ‘Fremantle is committed to providing an environment where employees and others in the workplace are treated fairly and with respect, and are free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and bullying.

‘We do not tolerate behaviour that does not align to our Anti-Discrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Harassment & Bullying Policy and take all complaints very seriously, investigating all allegations fairly and thoroughly.

‘We have asked Campfire X, creative leaders in Indigenous Cultural Protocols, to conduct an independent review of Neighbours and the production process.’

Neighbours’ cancellation was confirmed at the start of March.

After Channel 5 announced they’d drop the soap from schedules, an extensive search was launched but Fremantle Media weren’t able to find another home for the show.

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