Identity of Rory Cowan's Mrs Brown's Boys replacement will be revealed on Christmas Day special
RORY Cowan's replacement will be finally revealed in a Christmas Day special of Mrs Brown's Boys.
The Dublin-born actor quit the long-running show after 26 years last July, and there has been a storm of speculation as to who will replace him.
It seems the storyline will see his character undergoing plastic surgery. When the bandages come off, the 'new Rory' will be revealed.
The show's star and creator Brendan O'Carroll was keeping his cards close to his chest when asked about who would step into Cowan's shoes, but said curious fans will find out soon.
Cowan was replaced on the live shows by Pat 'Pepsi' Shields, and O'Carroll's son Eric is tipped to take over the TV role.
"The new Rory? Well, it's not the new Rory, it's the old Rory - but he's had plastic surgery and the bandages come off on Christmas Day," said O'Carroll.
"The reveal is very, very good, and what I love about this episode is that everybody goes, 'There's no change'. Except Agnes, who goes, 'It's not Rory!'."
The comedian said he had considered doing a shower scene like the famous Bobby Ewing dream on Dallas, but the plastic surgery idea "seemed to be the easiest way to do it".
He told RTE Radio 1 that the actor replacing Cowan is "much more soft-spoken than Rory" but he's "just as camp".
Elsewhere on the show, Mrs Brown's daughter Cathy starts investing more in her love life and scores herself a date with a handsome man she met online.
But her mum worries whether he'll match his profile picture in real life.
Meanwhile, Cowan has said he has no interest in who replaces him on the hit series that is aired by RTE and the BBC.
"It's not my business any more who they get. I have no interest," he said.
The actor, starring in Polly And The Beanstalk at the Olympia, said he had not been happy on the show for a long time.
His shock decision to quit was motivated by missing his sick mother, Esther, while he was touring for long periods.
"I just had to go on stage and play the part of Rory," he said.
"For the rest of the time when I'm abroad in arenas and stuff like that, I have nothing to do."