Neighbours' Stefan Dennis on how long he'd like to stay for

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Neighbours' Stefan Dennis on how long he'll stayFremantleMedia Australia

Neighbours' star Stefan Dennis has opened up about his future on the show.

The soap's big return is just a week away, and Dennis, who stars as Paul Robinson, is already thinking about his character's departure.

In an interview with Australia's TV Tonight, Dennis admitted that he doesn't think he'll stay on the revived Neighbours forever.

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"I don't know how long I'm going to last this time around," he said. "I would give it probably at least four years because that takes me through to the end of my kids schooling and that makes a lot of sense.

"But as I say, it all hinges on the world stage and how Amazon treats it. They might go, 'It's not working in America, we don't want it. Or they might say 'It's doing okay in America and Canada, but it's doing really well in Europe and UK so we'll keep it."

Part of his reasoning for putting a limit on how long he'll return for is because he had become used to the idea of a life and career beyond Neighbours, stating: "My idea was I’d gone into semi-retirement. I thought for the first few months, I'm going to fix the house and garden and do all the things that I’ve been wanting to get done for the last few years. I had a couple of gigs, a film and a musical...

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"When [I was first asked to come back], I thought yes… but then I thought, 'do I really want to go back?'

"Nothing against the show at all. I would never say anything bad against the show, because I think it has a wonderful place in the world of media. But we all know we're not doing Shakespeare. We're not even doing anything like Shakespeare.

"It's a genre of show that the world has an appetite for. I never watch soaps but that doesn’t mean they're bad, I like watching movies with a beginning, middle and end."

Neighbours returns on September 18, with new episodes streaming on Mondays to Thursdays for free on Amazon Freevee in the UK and US. Network 10 will retain first-run rights in Australia for the new series.

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