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Diva Alf Stewart! Home and Away’s Ray Meagher: ‘I had a severe word with producers’

Ray Meagher

 star  has admitted that he had “a fairly severe word” with his bosses last year, expressing concerns over the soap’s direction.

The 70-year-old actor is the show’s longest-serving cast member, having played the popular role of ‘Alf Stewart’ since episode one in 1988.

In an interview with Sydney radio station 2GB, he spoke candidly over his thoughts on Home and Away’s recent output.

“The whole show originally was about an escape to the country – or the seaside country, if you like – a city family that had foster kids. That main house, the house that Alf Stewart now lives in, for the last few years we haven’t had as many people in it as we’d like.”

“The story has gone a little away from foster kids, onto sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, which for a 7pm timeslot is ‘only just’! Once you would never see ‘parental guidance recommended’ over a Home and Away opener, but over the last few years, we have seen that a bit.”

He continued: “The show has always tried to deal with relevant topics. I think we probably just strayed away a little bit and got a little bit out of whack with the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll over the last few years.

“It became a little unbalanced. Now there’s a genuine effort to bring the balance back a little bit more.”

Asked whether he has ever discussed his concerns with the show’s producers, he confirmed that he spoke up for the first time ever last year.

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