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Wednesday 17th July 2019

Lynne McGranger responds to rumours Home and Away is facing the axe

She's said it's the first she's heard

Lynne McGranger, who plays the legendary Irene Roberts in Home and Away, has responded to the rumours the soap is facing the axe after 31 years.

Posting a tweet to her social media account, Lynne said she's "heard nothing" about this being true.

She also suggested it was made up by adding: "But then again I apparently was definitely leaving the Bay 18 months or so ago," referring to false reports she had quit.

She went on to reply to a fan who commented that "Home and Away axed" was now the second most trending topic in Australia.

The actress wrote: "Give me strength."

She also responded to another fan, telling them to "talk to the suits".

And again to someone else saying she was getting annoyed now detailing the fact she's still working and being paid as proof the show is not being axed.

She asked people to stop going on about it.

Reports emerged Friday, July 5 that the Australian soap is facing the axe after 31 years on television.

Since the news broke, fans have launched several campaigns - and even a petition to keep the show on air.

In a tweet, begging TV station Channel 5, which airs Home and Away in the UK, to save the show, one asked followers to sign the petition.

Others used the hashtag #savehomeandaway, while many others simply reached out asking the TV channels in both the UK and Australia, as well as some of the show's stars, to do something about the potential loss of the soap.

ED! readers reacted to the news with equal upset, with one saying: "Watched this programme from the beginning I love it. I tape it all the time so I don't miss it please don't take it off."

Another added: "Love Home and Away, I've watched it from the very beginning and still watching it today please save H&A."

"No way I have watched Home and Away for as long as I can possibly remember. It is almost family the same as Neighbours so please do NOT axe our Home and Away," stressed a third.

Flaming galahs! Alf will not be pleased with the news (Credit: Channel 5)

The soap, which airs on Channel Seven in Australia, first came onto our screens in 1988 and introduced an unforgettable theme tune and countless loveable characters who lived in Summer Bay.

Alf and Ailsa Stewart, Marylin Palmer (Emily Symons), Donald Fisher, Kim Hyde (who was played by Chris Hemsworth) and Emma Jackson (Dannii Minogue) all became household names in the UK as well as Down Under.

But The Mirror reported on Friday (July 5) that the show could be axed because of an unfavourable timeslot and the rise in popularity of reality shows.

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Channel Seven is said to be "under pressure" to make changes to its scheduling but could cancel the soap completely, the report says.

Airing at 7pm in Australia, the soap is up against popular reality show Married At First Sight.

ED! contacted Channel 5, but the channel declined to comment on the speculation.

Channel 4 denied Hollyoaks was for the chop (Credit: Channel 4)

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Home And Away hasn't been the only popular soap that has reportedly been under threat.

Recently, Channel 4 spoke out in defence of hit soap Hollyoaks after a report claimed they were "battling to save" the show.

According to The Sun, ratings had dipped so low that the channel is injecting more money and demanding new storylines to turn fortunes around.

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