Home and Away has experienced its fair share of cast shakeups, with fans having to bid goodbye to many of their favorite characters and actors as of late.
The latest actor to formally leave ways with the program is Rob Kipa-Williams, whose final scene as Ari Parata appeared on screens yesterday night.
Ari’s final moments were depicted in the heartbreaking scenario after he was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei, an extremely uncommon form of cancer.
Rob said his goodbyes to the program and his beloved character on Instagram after the episode aired, as well as sharing his aspirations for the future of Home and Away.
“Thank you to the fans, for all the love and crazy amounts of messages and support,” he penned in the caption.
“Thank you to all the cast, crew, camera, directors, production, writing, makeup, art department and everyone else in between, that make the wheels spin.”
He added: “This Iconic Ozzie TV show took risks. I’m honoured to have co-created Māori cultural storylines, and will forever be proud of those scenes that made it to screen.”
“It was true teamwork.. My hope is this opens the door for more diversity.. Thank you for everything Ariki Wiremu Parata, you taught me a lot. I’m gonna miss you.”
Rob released a video montage of himself and his co-stars walking around the set for the final time a day before his final scene aired.
“One last walk down memory lane.. Tomorrow’s gonna punch ya right in the goolies,” he teased. “Which set did I not walk through??..”
The news that his stint on the show had come to an end left fans devastated, and many vented their disappointment in the comments.
“Noooo you can’t do this to us!!!” one user wrote, while another added, “still can’t believe you’re leaving, I loved Ari!!”
Rob’s exit marks an end to just over two years with the program, after his character Ari made his debut appearance in the 2019 season finale.
He joins a slew of other cast members who have left the program, including Sam Frost and Harley Bonner, with more departures rumored.
Lukas Radovich, who plays Ryder Jackson on Home and Away, is also rumored to be leaving the program after four years.
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