Brendan O’Carroll says Rory Cowan’s Mrs Brown’s Boys departure is “like Ronaldo Leaving United”

The stage and screen comedy creator said there were no hard feelings about Cowan's departure, and said he would go on to "amazing success"


Brendan O’Carroll, Mrs Brown’s Boys creator and the man below Mammy’s wig, has said Rory Cowan leaving the show is “like Ronaldo leaving Manchester United”.


After Cowan’s departure from the comedy was announced, O’Carroll praised to the actor who had played Agnes’ son Rory on stage and screen for 26 years.

“To all of us it feels like Ronaldo ­leaving Man Utd. But Ronaldo went on to amazing success which I know Rory will too,” he told The Irish Sun

“I can’t even quantify the ­contribution Rory has made to our success and the wellbeing of me and my family, not just on screen or stage but way before that as a friend and a driving force in getting us here. He’s a legend.”

On Monday it was confirmed Cowan was leaving the BBC1 comedy after completing the final show of the ‘Mourning Mrs Brown’ tour. 

He told The Mirror: “I got tired of it, I haven’t been happy for the last two years working there.

“There was no row with Brendan, there was no dispute over money or anything – in fact quite the opposite. I got so well paid it enabled me to be able to leave. We’re so big now that years are scheduled out. It’s not exhausting, it’s just boring.”

He added: “It can’t get any bigger now and just knowing what you were going to be doing, it was starting to get a bit like the civil service. It was becoming a chore for me, doing the same thing… For the first time in years I feel alive.”


Currently there are no plans for another series of Mrs Brown’s Boys to air on the BBC, although Christmas specials of the smash-hit sitcom are said to be planned up until at least 2020.

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