Tubridy on controversial 'Amber' ending: 'I told the tv to f**k off'
Published 24/01/2014 | 08:28
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."
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.