Sunday 22 April 2018

Life on the road was 'repetitive, boring and dull' says departing Mrs Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan

Star insists there was no 'falling out' with Brendan O'Carroll

Rory Cowan and Brendan O'Carroll. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Rory Cowan and Brendan O'Carroll. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Mrs Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan quit the hit BBC show because life on the road was becoming "repetitive, boring and dull".

Cowan, who played Agnes Brown's son Rory, delivered his final performance at London's O2 Arena on Sunday night, completing 26 years of working with Brendan O'Carroll.

The actor said he had been unhappy but insisted his departure was not down to a "falling out" with O'Carroll.

"I've been unhappy for around two years," he said.

Rory Cowan
Rory Cowan

"I handed in my notice around June 16 and said to Brendan, 'I'd like to go'.

"It was getting to the stage where I had been touring so much.

"We were covering the same routes and playing the same venues and it just got a bit dull and repetitive.

"Life on the road can be boring and I would be staying in apartments I didn't really like. And the time off stage was dragging.

Brendan O'Carroll (right) with Mrs Brown's Boys co-stars Rory Cowan and O'Carroll's wife Jennifer Gibney at the opening of the Mrs Brown exhibition yesterday
Brendan O'Carroll (right) with Mrs Brown's Boys co-stars Rory Cowan and O'Carroll's wife Jennifer Gibney at the opening of the Mrs Brown exhibition yesterday

"If I stayed doing the tours, I would know what my life was going to be like until 2022. It would have been the same venues and places.

"But I can't fault Brendan, and there was no falling out - and it definitely wasn't about money.

"Brendan has been so generous to me. In fact, his generosity has enabled me to leave the show."

Cowan will not feature in the Christmas specials or the spin-off chat show All Round To Mrs Brown's.

He has no idea who will replace him, and had no knowledge of whether his character would be written out of the series.

"There won't be a send-off, no," he told the Herald.

"I don't know who will be replacing me or if they will be replacing me at all.

"I don't know if they will be writing me out - I have no opinion on that.

"It's nothing to do with me. That's up to Brendan and the BBC."

Yesterday, O'Carroll confirmed that Cowan's replacement would be unveiled on the Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special.

O'Carroll asked Cowan if he wanted to perform one last time in Dublin during the company's live show, but Cowan declined.

"I said, 'No, I can't hand in my notice in June and work until December. That's too much of a wait'," said Cowan.

After the show on Sunday night, Cowan gathered his belongings into a "small Waitrose plastic bag and just left the venue".

"I went out celebrating with Gary Hollywood, who plays Dino Doyle," he said.

Cowan will take the rest of the year off before focusing on future projects.

"I'm just going to relax, but in the future I would love to do a radio show," he said.

"Nothing on 2FM because I don't know any of the chart music. Something on a Saturday and Sunday perhaps."

The performer added that he was a "home bird" and was looking forward to spending time in Dublin.

The comedy series first aired in 2011 to huge acclaim and a film, Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie, was released three years later.

The programme regularly attracts audiences of up to 12 million and has picked up multiple awards.

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