Kylie Minogue leads tributes to late ‘Neighbours’ creator Reg Grundy

TV producer died in his home in Bermuda aged 92

Kylie Minogue has paid tribute to Reg Grundy, the creator of Neighbours, who died aged 92 today (May 9).

He passed away at his home in Bermuda, where he has lived with his wife Joy since 1982. The couple met when she auditioned for one of his game shows. They were married for 45 years.

The late TV producer founded the hit Aussie soap in the 1980s. He also created the Australian shows The Young Doctors, Prisoner: Cell Block H and Sons And Daughters. Kylie starred in Neighbours as Charlene Robinson in the 80s before she launched her pop career.

She took to Twitter to post: “Here’s to #Neighbours & his many other TV creations … #RegGrundy RIP.”

Her co-star in the series Jason Donovan also expressed his sadness, tweeting: “Sad news about Reg Grundy. One of the true pioneers of Australian television who gave opportunity to many. My thoughts go out to his family.”

Other stars who came out of the series included Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Liam Hemsworth. Neighbours has had a number of pop stars appear on the show over the years, including Lily Allen, the Pet Shop Boys, Spice Girl Emma Bunton and Paula Abdul.

Grundy also created Australian versions of popular game shows such as Wheel Of Fortune, Blankety Blank and Family Feud.

Minogue recently launched a legal battle in a bid to stop Kylie Jenner claiming ownership of the name Kylie. 

Jenner, who appears alongside step-sister Kim Kardashian in Keeping Up With The Kardashians, is looking to trademark the name “Kylie” in the US. Jenner reportedly wanted to take ownership of the name for advertising purposes. 

The move has been open to opposition since August 2015 and in February KDB, an Australian-based business representing Minogue, filed their opposition to the application. Chief among KDB and Minogue’s concerns is that allowing Jenner to take the name Kylie will cause confusion for fans and also dilute the Minogue brand.