Many of the cast members of Home and Away have recently left the show, and fans have had to say goodbye to many of their favourite characters and actors.
Rob Kipa-Williams’ final moment as Ari Parata appeared on screens Wednesday night, making him the most recent performer to leave the show.
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 programme 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,” he wrote in the caption, “for all the love and unbelievable numbers of messages and support.”
“Thank you to everyone who makes the wheels turn, including the cast, crew, camera, directors, production, writing, makeup, art department, and everyone else in between.”
“This Iconic Ozzie TV show took risks,” he continued. I’m thrilled to have co-created Māori cultural narratives, and will forever be proud of those scenes that made it to screen.”
“It was a truly collaborative effort..” My goal is that this will lead to increased diversity. Thank you, Ariki Wiremu Parata, for everything; you’ve taught me a lot. “I’m going to 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.
“A final trip down memory lane…” He teased, “Tomorrow’s going to punch you square in the goolies.” “Can you tell me which set I didn’t 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 “I still can’t believe you’re leaving, I loved Ari!!” said one person, while another added, “still can’t believe you’re leaving, I loved Ari!!”
After making his debut appearance in the 2019 season finale, Rob’s character Ari has been on the programme for little over two years.
He joins a slew of other cast members who have left the programme, including Sam Frost and Harley Bonner, with more departures rumoured.
Lukas Radovich, who plays Ryder Jackson, is also speculated to be departing Home and Away after spending over four years on the show.