McLachlan, 56, who played heartthrob Henry Ramsay in the popular Aussie soap, was cleared of indecent assault charges two years ago, yet believes he was snubbed from the finale due to his unfairly tarnished reputation.
Meanwhile, McLachlan’s on-screen sister Charlene, played by Kylie Minogue, and stepfather Harold Bishop returned for the finale, as did his character’s mother Madge, who died on the show but will appear as a ghost.
“Henry’s dead mother is being reincarnated for the final episode - but cancel culture won’t allow her son Henry to appear or even be acknowledged,” a spokesperson for McLachlan told The Sun on Wednesday.
“What Craig and his partner [Vanessa Scammell] have endured over the past four-and-a-half years - only to come out the other side and be confronted by, among other things, the attempted permanent erasing of his part in Neighbours history - is devastating,” they continued.
“Craig was not invited to take part in the closing episode or indeed to contribute in any way to the end of Neighbours.”
While he was not asked to be in the show, he shared a video dedicated to his character and declared the day “National bib and brace overalls day” in his honour.
Craig Mc Lachlan wasn’t invited to be on the (absolutely terrific) Neighbours finale tonight. But he has nothing negative to say and has even enabled an old friend to return after 3 decades to back him! pic.twitter.com/T1QpRL1QbW
— Peter Ford (@mrpford) July 28, 2022
McLachlan said that being on Neighbours changed his life, and reflected, “Good memories, good people,” before introducing a clip of him as Ramsay.
As his Neighbours character, he said: “Hi Craig, thanks for letting me be a part of your special Neighbours celebration, I really appreciate it.
“Hey, I used to cop a lot of flack for this hair, but the mullet’s back and the mullet’s here to stay and so is Henry Ramsay.”
Here’s everything we know about the actor.
Who is Craig McLachlan?
Craig, 56, was born September 1, 1965, and is an Australian actor and singer. He has been involved in film, television and music theatre for 30 years, and is best known for playing Henry Ramsey in Neighbours (1987 - 89), as well as Home and Away’s Grant Mitchell (1990 - 1991).
In the early nineties, Craig launched a career as a pop star and achieved a Top Ten hit with the song Mona.
Who are Craig McLachlan’s ex-wives?
Craig has been married twice - to Karen Williams and to fellow Neighbours actress Rachel Friend. He has a teenage son with British actress and voice artist Charlotte Avery.
The actor is currently in a relationship with conductor Vanessa Scammell.
What other roles has Craig played?
As well as the Aussie soaps, Craig has also had roles in shows including Bugs, Always Greener, McLeod’s Daughters, Packed to the Rafters, Rescue: Special Ops, and House Husbands.
He has also appeared in Catherine the Great alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Omar Sharif.