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Why Rory Cowan left Mrs Brown’s Boys

Rory Cowan chats about why he left Mrs Brown’s Boys and if he will ever go back.

Last week the actor announced that he was he was leaving the show after 26 years but stressed it has nothing to do with Brendan O’Carrol the shows creator.

The 58 year old has been a firm fan favourite, even when he loses it live on air.

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“I wouldn’t like anyone to think there’s an issue with Brendan O’Carroll and me – there wasn’t,” he told Miriam O’Callaghan. “I still think Brendan O’Carroll is the funniest comedian. I’ve known him for 26 years. I couldn’t allow people to think that it was an issue between me and him because it definitely wasn’t. It wasn’t anything like that at all.

“He’s fabulous. And Mrs Brown is a huge juggernaut. I’ve left; that juggernaut is still going to keep going.”

He confessed that he hasn’t “been happy for the last couple of years”. He went through a very difficult period when he was on tour with the show in Australia while his mother was seriously ill back in Dublin.

“It really bothered me that I was on the other side of the world and I didn’t want to be there anyway because we’d only been there a couple of years beforehand,” he admitted.

“And if I stayed with Mrs Brown’s Boys, they’re going back again in January next year, and that would be three visits to Australia in four years. And I think that’s too much.”

“I just have to go onstage at night and play the part of Rory Brown. But for the rest of the time I’m abroad and we’re playing arenas and stuff like that but I have nothing to do. And when my mother’s at home sick, I’d prefer to be at home. I didn’t like the idea of not having anything to do. I’m too qualified to be doing nothing.”

He stated that he would never rule out the option of going back to the show but it’s not for him right now.

“There’s two ways and that would be if Brendan asked me and I agreed, or if I asked Brendan and he agreed,” Cowan replied.

“But Brendan O’Carroll was never the problem. Brendan O’Carroll was not the reason I left. So if I went back the reasons I left would still be there. So I can’t… No, I wouldn’t be going back. I want to do something else now, I really do.”

 He told Miriam that he would like to try his hand as presenting in the future or a weekend radio show.


He said: “I want to try other stuff on television and other stuff on radio,” he said. “I would love my own weekend radio show, I’d love that. I think it might be popular because I was on the Ray D’Arcy Show during the week and they did a Facebook Live – they recorded it and broadcast it.

“And there was over a hundred thousand views on it that day, which was the biggest they’ve ever had. So that sort of hit me ‘I’m quite popular!'”




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