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Lynne McGranger has spoken about the moment in 2019 she learned her character was almost cut from Home and Away.
The actress, 68, who has played the part of Irene Roberts for nearly 30 years, reflected on the revelation in her new memoir, Acting Up: Me, Myself and Irene.
According to News.com.au, an extract from the book details the time she found out she'd almost been axed from the show, which came as a shock during a 2019 live radio interview with WSFM's Amanda Keller and Brendan Jones.
In the extract, Lynne recalled her reaction when the radio hosts brought the news to her attention, seemingly for the first time.
Lynne said: "I feel incredibly blessed to say that I've blissfully gone to work every day feeling confident, proud and, all in all, secure in my job. That is until 2019 when I was being interviewed by radio stars Jonesy and Amanda on WSFM."
The star continued: "After decades of answering questions like, 'How does it feel to be the longest-running female cast member?' and 'Do you still love being on the show?' I knew this little chat could be had in my sleep. I think I might have been simultaneously cooking brekky while I chatted."
But the revelation came "completely out of the blue," according to Lynne, when Jonesy stated: "It's amazing to think that they nearly wrote you out in 2002."
To which Lynne responded: "I'm sorry, what?"
"Yeah, it's on Wikipedia," Jonesy replied.
Navigating the news, Lynne explained there were plans to "write Irene out" because the producers felt like she "didn't have anywhere to go now that her kids were gone."
Miraculously, a new script producer by the name of Coral Drouyn came on board and was against the idea so she pleaded with the producers to keep Lynne in the soap, who said she had "big plans" for Irene.
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia). Selected classic episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.
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