Monday 23 September 2019

'I swear': I don't want to be a star, O'Carroll told BBC

Hit: Eilish and Brendan O’Carroll in a scene from ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’
Hit: Eilish and Brendan O’Carroll in a scene from ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’
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'Mrs Brown's Boys' star Brendan O'Carroll says BBC bosses asked him to tone down the show's swearing but he refused, telling them: "I don't want to be a star".

The Dubliner, best-known for his alter-ego Mrs Brown, said during early meetings with the BBC he was asked to cut swear words from his scripts so the programme could be shown before the watershed.

O'Carroll (63) said he was told he could become a star if his shows were shown earlier.

The comedian said he asked one BBC boss if they wanted him "to stop saying 'f***' so you can put the show on at eight o'clock".

"And he said: 'Exactly'. He said to me: 'Look Benny, we want to make you a big star. We really do. The BBC want to make you a big headline star'.

"I said: 'Okay, two things. First of all, I don't want to be a big star. I never wanted to be a big star. I never did. Number two, the show is the show.

"I don't care when you put it on, we are not changing the show."

The first of two 'Mrs Brown's Boys' Christmas specials will air on Christmas Day on RTE One, with the second one airing on New Year's Eve.

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