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Sam Frost mocks Home and Away for dramatic storylines, car crashes

Sam Frost has taken a playful swipe at Home and Away, just weeks after her exit from the long-running soap.

The actress, 32, raised eyebrows on Friday when she reposted an article by satirical news website The Betoota Advocate that mocked Home and Away’s dramatic storylines and frequent fatal car crashes.

The article featured the headline: ‘Home and Away writer fired for not reaching one-car-crash-scene-per-season quota.’

‘Made me giggle’: Sam Frost (pictured) has taken a playful swipe at Home and Away, just weeks after her exit from the long-running soap

The story read in part: ‘Clearly stipulated in bold, capital letters, writers were warned prior to joining the program that each season was to include at least “one car crash”, a drug overdose and if possible, an explosion.’

Re-posting the article on Instagram, Sam wrote: ‘The caption really made me giggle.’

She also commented on the original post with her favourite phrase from the article, ‘And if possible, an explosion,’ adding crying-with-laughter emojis. 

Satire: The actress, 32, raised eyebrows on Friday when she reposted an article by satirical news website The Betoota Advocate that mocked Home and Away's dramatic storylines and frequent fatal car crashes

Satire: The actress, 32, raised eyebrows on Friday when she reposted an article by satirical news website The Betoota Advocate that mocked Home and Away’s dramatic storylines and frequent fatal car crashes 

Re-posting the article (pictured) on Instagram, Sam wrote: 'The caption really made me giggle'

Re-posting the article (pictured) on Instagram, Sam wrote: ‘The caption really made me giggle’

Sam, who played nurse Jasmine Delaney for four years, has been involved in her fair share of climactic on-screen moments.

She has survived a car crash, a food truck explosion and even a gas attack.  

The former Bachelorette filmed her final scenes for Home and Away last month at Sydney’s Eveleigh Studios. 

The actress will reportedly move to Melbourne to be closer to her friends and family. 

First-hand experience: Sam, who played nurse Jasmine Delaney for four years, has been involved in her fair share of climactic on-screen moments. She has survived a car crash (pictured), a food truck explosion and even a gas attack

First-hand experience: Sam, who played nurse Jasmine Delaney for four years, has been involved in her fair share of climactic on-screen moments. She has survived a car crash (pictured), a food truck explosion and even a gas attack

Plot device: Road accidents are used to kill of unwanted characters and introduce new ones

Plot device: Road accidents are used to kill of unwanted characters and introduce new ones

Poking fun: She also commented on the original post with her favourite phrase from the article, 'And if possible, an explosion,' adding a crying-with-laughter emojis

Poking fun: She also commented on the original post with her favourite phrase from the article, ‘And if possible, an explosion,’ adding a crying-with-laughter emojis

Sam, who started her media career as a contestant on The Bachelor, scored her first acting gig in 2017 when she joined the cast of Home and Away. 

At the time, some industry figures called the decision to hire the reality star ‘disappointing’ and a ‘publicity stunt’.

One actor said the decision to hire an ‘unqualified’ TV personality was ‘an insult to trained actors’, adding that she’d ‘stolen [the role] from those who attended NIDA’. 

Gear shift: Sam, a former Bachelor contestant and Bachelorette star, scored her first acting gig in 2017 when she joined the cast of Home and Away. Pictured on The Bachelor in 2014

Gear shift: Sam, a former Bachelor contestant and Bachelorette star, scored her first acting gig in 2017 when she joined the cast of Home and Away. Pictured on The Bachelor in 2014 

Acting coach Brendan Glanville, who trained Summer Bay alumnus Charles Cottier, told the Courier-Mail the long-running soap had ‘jumped the shark’. 

Mr Glanville, the artistic director of Australian Acting Academy, said: ‘It demonstrates that Home and Away has lost faith in its writers if directors are resorting to this kind of stunt, rather than using their story lines to pull viewers.’

While acknowledging Sam may have a ‘natural ability’, he added: ‘This is what’s known as “jumping the shark” – in other words attempting to create publicity for something that is perceived as not warranting the attention, especially something that is believed to be past its peak.’

Ruffling feathers: At the time, some industry figures called the decision to hire the reality star 'disappointing' and a 'publicity stunt'

Ruffling feathers: At the time, some industry figures called the decision to hire the reality star ‘disappointing’ and a ‘publicity stunt’

Paul O’Brien, who played Jack Holden on Home And Away from 2005 to 2008 and is now an acting coach, was less critical but agreed Sam had landed the role ‘because she’s a personality’ and not necessarily because of her acting talent.

In a statement at the time, Channel Seven defended casting Sam in a recurring role despite her lack of acting credentials.

‘Sam’s audition blew us away,’ said the spokesperson.

‘In joining the cast of Home and Away, Sam will be in great company and is about to enjoy a wonderful phase of her career.’

'Sam’s audition blew us away': In a statement at the time, Channel Seven defended casting Sam in a recurring role despite her lack of acting credentials

‘Sam’s audition blew us away’: In a statement at the time, Channel Seven defended casting Sam in a recurring role despite her lack of acting credentials

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