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'Neighbours' boss "proud" of show's first ever male gay kiss

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Neighbours executive producer Susan Bower has revealed that she is "proud" of the way the show handled its first ever male gay kiss.

This week, the long-running soap aired scenes in Australia where Chris Pappas (James Mason) passionately embraced on-screen boyfriend Adan Foster (Bob Morley).

Chris Pappas

© Channel 5

Bob Morley (Aidan Foster, Neighbours)

© Channel 5


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Bower said that she wanted to treat the kiss like any other on the show, telling the Herald Sun: "It's not sensationalist or token - we are very proud of the way we have done this."

In 2004, Neighbours faced a backlash when they televised a lesbian kiss between schoolgirls Sky Mangel and Lana Crawford, but last night's episode only invoked praise on social networking sites.

One fan wrote on Twitter: "Well done to @james_mason15 for showing its ok to be gay. Be proud."

Morley has previously said of the kissing scenes: "The boys are there at the party and just share this intimate moment, as couples do. I take my hat off to the producers of Neighbours for going with it and not sensationalising it. There is still a taboo around the subject, but there shouldn't be at all."

He also said that he and Mason "put a lot of time and effort into getting the physicality" between their characters right, saying that they didn't want to "come across as two straight guys pretending to be gay".

Neighbours airs these scenes in the UK in May.

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Watch the kiss between Chris and Aiden below:

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