Although actress Sam Frost announced last month that she will be quitting her role as Jasmine Delaney on Home and Away, another star of the show has hinted at a comeback.
Lynne McGranger, who plays Irene Roberts on Home and Away, has told Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa (quotes via Now To Love) that Sam might be able to return to the soap after all, adding that she has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Can I just say the door is not closed, it’s very much an open door,” Lynne remarked after speaking with her. “Sam needed to be with her family, who live in Melbourne.” Of course, there were some complications having her vaccinated, but I’m here to tell you that she is now twice vaccinated, and maybe boosted as well.
“She needed to be with her family, but she is welcome to return at any time. Given her current absence from the Bay, there is plenty of room for her to return, and I’m sure she is in talks with the producers as we speak.”
Sam’s decision to leave the show, according to Lynne, was mostly motivated by her desire to spend more time with her family in Melbourne.
“She’s never hidden the fact that she struggles with anxiety,” Lynne said. “It’s out there and it’s a beautiful thing to make public.”
“However, she needed to be with her family, and the producers, being brilliant and compassionate, said, ‘You go and do what you need to do, Sam; the door is open for you to come back, and we’d love for you to come back.'”
Sam’s temporary departure from the soap was first announced in November, before it was confirmed in December that she would be departing on a longer-term basis. Her departure was assumed to have nothing to do with the latest vaccine debates.
In a statement at the time, a Channel 7 spokeswoman told Digital Spy: “Sam’s decision to leave Home and Away is one we support and appreciate. Sam departs us with our heartfelt gratitude and best wishes for the future.”
Sam has yet to respond to Lynne’s allegations.