Update: Home and Away actor Jay Laga’aia whose contract was ended with the show came out saying he was moved on because the show already had two ethnic characters. He tweeted: “As someone who lost his job on H&A because they couldn’t write two ethnics that weren’t together, I’d like the chance to ply my trade.” The show claimed his storyline had just come to a ‘natural conclusion’. Jay is of Samoan descent and from New Zealand.
Gold Logie winning actor and Underbelly star Firass Dirani kicked off the questions about why a lot of Australian TV was so … white.
He said it was time to paint a proper portrait of the country on television. Dirani was reported as saying:
“There has to be a call for the networks to put on shows with these cultural differences because this is who we are in 2012,” he said.
“We need to watch ourselves, warts and all; flaws and all.
“Hopefully the networks start writing shows that cater for different actors and different cultural backgrounds.”