Saturday 24 February 2018

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

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy

By Aishling Phelan

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.

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