If there was any trouble between Melissa George and The Morning Show, it wasn’t evident in what went to air.
But since the interview aired on Friday morning, George has had plenty to say, much of which is a surprise to the TMS crew.
She accused the show of wanting to talk about Home and Away when she was there to plug McHappy Day, tweeting:
Again, it’s not about mentioning the past, it’s about ONLY mentioning the past. Like we failed and did SO badly for the past 20 years.
It’s not that I am forgetting where I came from. It’s that I was home to raise money for mchappy day and channel 7 only spoke of H&A.
@Kateness22 anyone can ask me about the past, I always smiled and spoke about it, of course I am proud. But the today show was mean. I hurt.
It’s 20 years ago. I always embrace the past, am used to being mis quoted, and love my fans, but the tall poppy syndrome is pushing us away.
TMS Executive Producer Sarah Stinson told TV Tonight George was shown a script 15 minutes before the interview to which she replied, “I don’t care what you ask me.”
But things went awry when a “coming up” clip ran before an ad break which included Home and Away footage, with George threatening to walk.
The interview with Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies went ahead, where Home and Away was mentioned once, with more time spent on her new series Hunted (coming this month to SBS) and McHappy Day. But there was no “meltdown” on air.
Yesterday the story went further, with George telling the Sun-Herald she loved coming home but….
‘I love this city so much,” she said of Sydney. ”And I want to come home a lot but the stress that this has created in me is not worthy of my health.
”I think it will be the last time [I visit and work here] for a while, to be honest, because I just get too upset coming home.”
”I don’t need credibility from my country any more, I just need them all to be quiet. If they have nothing intelligent to say, please don’t speak to me any more. I’d rather be having a croissant and a little espresso in Paris or walking my French bulldog in New York City,” she said.
”Right behind my head was pictures of Angel and on the montage they called me ‘Home and Away actress Melissa George’,” she said. ”Now, it’s because it’s Channel Seven, so my next call will be to Home and Away to ask them to pay me because nobody does more promotion for that f—ing show than me.”
Stinson told TV Tonight, “The moment was so surreal and her diatribe so irrational, I half expected Alf Stewart to come around the corner and deliver the next line.
“Melissa saw the questions before the interview and was happy with them.
“There were absolutely no sanctions imposed.
“We didn’t mention Home and Away at all in the interview, so I don’t know why she insists on saying it’s all we spoke about.
“1.44 out of a 4 minute chat was about McHappy Day.”
On The Jonathan Ross Show (which aired on Saturday night on ABC1) clips also included Home and Away and George happily answered questions before moving onto Hunted.
Stinson notes that former Home and Away stars including Ryan Kwanten, Dannii Minogue and Chris Hemsworth have all been happy to chat about their years on the Seven soap.
“It provided all of us with some decent dinner party fodder over the weekend,” she said.