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Melissa George slams Australian TV show for 'Home and Away' mentions

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Melissa George has admitted that she was furious when an Australian TV show focused on her Home and Away past.

The Australian actress, who played teenage runaway Angel Parrish on the soap from 1993 to 1996, said that she "threatened to walk off the set" when presenters on The Morning Show broadcast old footage of her in the role during an interview on Friday (November 9).

Melissa George

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According to The Age, George revealed that she became angered that her work since Home and Away was only mentioned in passing on the show.

The 36-year-old has gone on to appear in several Hollywood films, including Mulholland Drive, The Limey and 30 Days of Night, received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in In Treatment and was acclaimed for her turn in 2011 drama The Slap.

George commented: "Right behind my head was pictures of Angel, and on the montage they called me 'Home and Away actress Melissa George'.

"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**king show than me.''

Melissa George arriving at the InStyle Best of British Talent Party at Shoreditch House.
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She added: "I love [Sydney] so much. 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.''

The Morning Show's executive producer Sarah Stinson told the Herald Sun that she initially thought that George's reaction was a joke, saying: "At first I thought I was being Punk'd because it seemed so surreal.

"We're genuinely proud of Melissa's achievements, she's done a lot of great work, and I didn't realise she had such an issue with her roots. Most of our guests are usually proud to embrace where they've come from and we never would have done anything to purposely upset her."

Melissa George as Sam Hunter in 'Hunted'

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George, who currently plays the lead in UK/US drama Hunted, also spoke of the incident and subsequent press reports with fans on Twitter yesterday (November 11).

She tweeted: "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... 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 (sic)."

Watch a trailer for Melissa George's Hunted below:

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