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Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan pay tribute to Reg Grundy

Press AssociationPress Association 10/05/2016

Kylie Minogue has paid tribute to Reg Grundy, the producer behind soap opera Neighbours who has died aged 92, saying she is thankful to have "been part of what has become an Australian institution".

Grundy, who also presented his country's version of Wheel Of Fortune, died in Bermuda where he had lived with his wife Joy since 1982.

Minogue starred in the Australian soap opera as Charlene Robinson, opposite Jason Donovan, who played her on-screen husband, Scott.

"The Australian TV landscape was so heavily influenced by Reg Grundy. I watched his shows growing up and, of course, one show in particular was to change the course of my life," she said.

"Neighbours will always mean so much to me and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of what has become an Australian institution."

Donovan said he was "lucky" to have known the TV mogul.

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan in 'Neighbours'. © Rex Images Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan in 'Neighbours'. "I was so sad to hear about the passing of Reg Grundy. I'm old enough to remember a time when the true pioneers of the Australian television industry built it from nothing and gave opportunities to actors, directors and crew alike.

"Reg was one of these legendary founders and Neighbours was one of the many products of his life's work.

"I was lucky to be a small part of his world. My thoughts go out to his family at this time."

Sydney native Grundy's shows were hits around the world and also included The Young Doctors and Prisoner: Cell Block H.

Neighbours' executive producer Jason Herbison said: "Everyone at Neighbours owes a huge debt to Reg Grundy. Quite simply, we wouldn't be here without him.

"He will be remembered as a pioneer of Australian television and a true gentleman. His legacy at Neighbours lives on and we hope to do him proud."

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