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Thursday 10 July 2014

Tubridy on controversial 'Amber' ending: 'I told the tv to f**k off'

By Aishling Phelan

Published 24/01/2014|08:28

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Ryan Tubridy  tonight at the launch of Ryan Tubridy's book " The Irish are coming" which took place at Residence Private Members Club in Stephen's Green Dublin
 
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RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy has expressed his anger at the final scenes of hit series Amber, admitting that he shouted at "the TV to F-off."

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He told the show’s co-producer Paul Duane that he shouted an expletive at the screen and said, ‘‘I nearly put my fist through the screen, I was so annoyed.’’

 

Speaking about his confusion on the lead character’s fate on his 2FM show, Tubridy said, ‘‘I'm not a stupid man. I watched four episodes of it.’’

 

‘‘Don’t answer in riddles, if you know the answer tell me,’’ he said.

 

The last shot in the series showed missing girl Amber walking down a road until she disappeared from view.

 

Amber star Lauryn Canny has defended the hit series’ vague ending which left many viewers disappointed.

 

The 15-year-old actress said the conclusion to the popular show was a brave choice as it reflected the reality for families of missing people.

 

‘‘ I really loved the ending. It’s just so brave. A lot of families in this situation don’t get closure,’’ she told The Irish Daily Star.

 

‘‘You experience a fraction of what a family feels when somebody goes missing.

 

‘‘I was a bit scared going into school. I thought somebody was going to beat me up,’’ the student of St Mac Dara’s Community College said.

 

The final in the four-part mini-series, which pulled in impressive ratings of 779,000, ended with 14-year-old Amber walking into the distance without explanation.

 

The keep-you-guessing ending sparked huge debate and outcry on social media with many fans left irritated and annoyed.

 

RTÉ bosses have ruled out a sequel to the series which had an overall reach of more than one million viewers.

 

‘‘Amber was commissioned as a one-off four-part drama and there are no plans to commission a follow-up series,’’ a spokesperson for the station said.

 

Amber co-producer Duane said that Amber is killed by a character that is not in the mini-series.

 

He said the young girl dies and the nature of her death is to remain a mystery.

 

Producers have argued that the storyline is an accurate reflection of the fate of a missing person.

 

"The first thing we said is, it's a missing girl and each episode should take it from the point of a different person affected by the disappearance. It's not going to be a conventional search and police chase and who-done-it," he told the Irish Independent.

 

RTE received 71 complaints in relation to the final episode as Amber walks out of shot and disappears from view without the audience knowing her fate.

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