Home and Away star Sam Frost 'celebrates' after reported show exit

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Sam Frost appears to have marked her reported departure from Home and Away with a 'celebration' — just months after stirring up controversy with her Covid vaccine stance.

The 32-year-old was spotted enjoying drinks with a co-star at a trendy Sydney bar on Thursday night.

Sam Frost at a restaurant with her Home and Away co-star Nicholas Cartwright. Photo: Instagram/_nicholas_cartwright_.
Sam Frost 'celebrated' with her Home and Away co-star Nicholas Cartwright after her rumoured exit from the show. Photo: Instagram/_nicholas_cartwright_.

Hours earlier, reports emerged that Sam had called time on her four-year stint playing Jasmine Delaney on the show.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Sam would film her final scenes on the soap on Friday before moving back to her hometown of Melbourne to be closer to family and friends.

And the former Bachelorette star seemed keen to wrap up her time on Summer Bay with an evening out at a bustling eatery with Nicholas Cartwright, who plays Cash Newman.

Both Sam and Nicholas took to their Instagram accounts to share a video of themselves seated at an outside table, Sam with a glass of red wine and Nicholas smoking a shisha.

Sam uploaded her clip to her Stories without a caption, however, Nicholas shared it over on his account with the word, 'Celebrate!' in large font at the top.

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Sam Frost holding a glass of red wine next to her Home and Away co-star Nicholas Cartwright. Photo: Instagram/fro01.
Sam and Nicholas star as Jasmine Delaney and Cash Newman respectively on the soap. Photo: Instagram/fro01.

'Written out' backflip

Sam's rumoured departure from Home and Away comes just over a month after she confirmed that she would not be leaving the long-running TV soap but instead would be 'written out temporarily' of the show.

In an Instagram post, Sam explained that she would not be 'fully vaxxed' until the end of February 2022 at the latest, after she undergoes an undisclosed 'medical procedure'.

"I'm not leaving Home and Away," she wrote. "I've got a medical procedure booked in for January. So I won't be fully vaxxed until mid-late February.

"I will be written out temporarily, Jazzy is going on an off-screen adventure for a few weeks... But I'll be back."

Sam said that she was 'grateful' to have been able to negotiate with her 'amazing' bosses and come up with a plan that 'works for everyone'.

The Herald Sun previously reported that an email sent out to Channel 7 staff claimed the network will "only engage fully vaccinated presenters, cast and crew" from January next year.

Screenshot of Sam Frost's Instagram post about her role on Home &Away. Photo: Instagram/fro01.
Sam updated her fans about her vaccine status and her role on Home and Away. Photo: Instagram/fro01.

'Don't want to get vaccinated'

Back in October, Sam made headlines over her controversial Covid-19 vaccination stance which she revealed in a tearful Instagram video.

In the since-deleted clip, Sam admitted that she was not vaccinated and spoke about feeling like "less of a human" due to "harsh judgment" from society in the lead-up to NSW's 'Freedom Day'.

She described the treatment of unvaccinated people, particularly when it came to the state's ongoing restrictions, as "segregation".

"I was really hesitant about doing a video or even speaking up about this sort of thing, but I feel like it's getting to a point now in the world where there is a lot of segregation," she began.

“There’s a lot of harsh judgement and opinions being thrown around a lot and it's taking its toll on my mental health for sure, and I know people around me are struggling, particularly if they're on the side that they don't want to get vaccinated for whatever reason," she continued.

Sam Frost Instagram vaccine video
Sam Frost is reportedly saying goodbye to Summer Bay. Photo: Instagram/Sam Frost

Sam explained that she had spoken to her doctor and her psychologist when deciding to forgo the jab but kept her reasons private.

“It's a really hard time to be in society right now and you feel like you’re less of a human and you feel like people judge you,” she said.

“And you're too scared to talk about your opinion or talk about your feelings, and part of you wants to go, ‘Well it’s none of your damn business why I’m not!’.

“It's going to be a really hard time when vaccinated people are allowed out to do things and go to restaurants because I've made a choice.”

The reaction to Sam's video was swift, with people calling out the actress for spreading 'misinformation' and for her use of the word 'segregation'. The clip was removed shortly thereafter before Sam deleted her entire account.

Fellow Bachelor star Abbie Chatfield, who has been a staunch advocator of the vaccine, took to her Instagram account to write: "So brave to “come out” as putting yourself as an individual above your community because you listen to misinformation. Another reality star bites the dust," she wrote.

Presenter and comedian Em Rusciano took to Twitter to write: "Watching her tearfully speak about “segregation” because she chooses not to get vaccinated and being called “brave” by her followers is taking me to a level of “what the f***” I didn’t know was possible."

Sam Frost holding her new book, Believe. Photo: Instagram/fro01.
Sam Frost holding her new book, Believe. Photo: Instagram/fro01.

Sam's new book

The former Bachelorette has always been a strong advocate for mental health and became the founder and director of the mental health initiative, "Believe by Sam Frost" in 2015.

Just this week, she revealed she's written a book about her 'personal experience' with mental health.

"I'm very excited to announce, I wrote a book!!!!!!" Sam gushed in the caption. "I teamed up with my beautiful sister Kristine, and @hachetteaus to create BELIEVE."

She went on to explain that the book is "all about mental health from my own personal experience".

"It's raw, honest and real. I don't pretend to have all the answers, I'm still working it out myself. But I know what it feels like to lose all hope, to be surrounded by darkness.. not knowing how I can possibly get through another day.

"I've lived it, and I have got through it.. (and tumbled backwards many, many times)

"This is my story. One I feel very proud to share. It’s about finding strength, courage, resilience and hope while learning life’s big lessons along the way."

Additional reporting by Sarah Carty.

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