Jay Laga’aia criticises Home & Away’s lack of diversity
Actor Jay Laga'aia claims he lost his Home & Away role "because they couldn't write two ethnics that weren't together."
Minor Spoilers: The Seven Network has denied claims by New Zealand-born actor Jay Laga’aia that he lost his job on Home & Away “because they couldn’t write two ethnics that weren’t together”.
Laga’aia reacted to Firass Dirani’s calls for more cultural diversity on Australian TV,
via Twitter yesterday, writing: “Hats off to you Firass Dirani for a call to stop commercial network producers casting only white actors. Only on Australian screens. Shame!”
“As someone who lost his job on H&A because they couldn’t write two ethnics that weren’t together, I’d like a chance to ply my trade freely.”
“I think commercial TV should take a leaf out of children’s TV in this country. We are a rainbow nation in kids TV. No tokens here.”
A spokeswoman confirmed his character as Reverend Elijah Johnson will depart screens in April but denied the allegation.
‘”He finished his role in the series because the storyline around his character reached a natural conclusion,” she told the Daily Telegraph.
This week Firass Dirani urged producers to cast Dramas with more cultural diversity.
“Hopefully the networks start writing shows that cater for different actors and different cultural backgrounds,” he said.