Mrs Brown's Boys actors 'furiously QUIT' BBC sitcom

Mrs Brown’s Boys actors ‘furiously QUIT’ BBC sitcom ‘after learning they earn less than the rest of the cast (and that they’ve been written out of the Christmas special) throwing show into crisis’

  • The longstanding BBC sitcom has reportedly lost Damien McKiernan and Gary Hollywood, who play couple Dino and Rory
  • It’s reported they quit after discovering they earn less than other cast members
  • While Gary, 41, will feature in one of the 2020 Christmas episodes, Damien, 54, has reportedly been ‘simply told he is being written out’
  • The holiday instalment is typically touted as one of BBC One’s main offerings on Christmas night, and has started production, ‘with neither of the actors involved’

Longstanding BBC sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys has reportedly lost two of its actors, after they discovered they earn less than the rest of the cast.

The actors in question – Damien McKiernan and Gary Hollywood, who play couple Dino and Rory – have also been told they’re not featuring in the 2020 Christmas specials.

While Gary, 41, will feature in one of the two seasonal episodes, Damien, 54, has reportedly been ‘simply told he is being written out’.

‘In crisis’: Longstanding BBC sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys has reportedly lost two of its actors, after they discovered they earn less than the rest of the cast [Brendan O’Carrol AKA Mrs Brown, is pictured]

A source told the Daily Star: ‘Gary and Damien were confused and hurt when they realised they were getting paid less than the others. When they raised the issue it did not go down very well.

‘Gary was later told he would only be appearing in one of this year’s Christmas specials. That was the last straw, so he told them he was quitting.

‘It was even worse news for Damien. He was simply told he is being written out. They are both heartbroken that things have turned out this way.’

The holiday instalment – which is typically touted as one of BBC One’s main offerings on Christmas night – has started production, with neither of the actors involved, the source said.

Snubbed: The actors in question – Damien McKiernan and Gary Hollywood [pictured], who play couple Dino and Rory – have also been told they’re not featuring in the 2020 Christmas specials

Cast: Mrs Brown’s Boys follows loud-mouthed Irish matriarch Agnes Brown, whose favourite pastime is meddling in the lives of her six children

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Mrs Brown’s Boys follows loud-mouthed Irish matriarch Agnes Brown, whose favourite pastime is meddling in the lives of her six children.

The comedy is known for its slapstick humour, and breaking the fourth wall, with the characters engaging the audience. Outtakes are often left in the final edit for extra quirk.

Lead actor Brendan O’Carroll has not disclosed his salary from the show but net worth was actually last calculated back in 2013 when it was an astounding £9.98million / €11 million. 

In 2017, the stars of the show revealed how they were in debt in the early runs. 

Then in 2019. it was reported that profits at a Brendan O’Carroll entertainment company almost doubled to £584.311/ €643,876 the year before. 

The Irish Times reported then that accounts filed by BOC-PIX Ltd show Brendan O’Carroll and his wife, Jennifer Gibney, had garnered almost €2 million in dividends from the company over 2017-2018. 

O’Carroll generates much of his income from touring.

Axed? While Gary, 41, will feature in one of the two seasonal episodes, Damien, 54, has reportedly been ‘simply told he is being written out’

All Round To Mrs Brown’s: The spin off show on BBC One sees celebrity guests sit down with the Browns. It featured Caitlyn Jenner earlier this year [pictured]

Despite being universally panned by critics, the show is a ratings hit in Ireland, Britain, New Zealand, and Canada. It was recently revealed as a fan-favourite in Jamaica, too. 

All Round To Mrs Brown’s is a spin off show on BBC One which sees celebrity guests sit down with the Browns. It featured Caitlyn Jenner earlier this year.

The sitcom has also spawned a live stage show, but the 2020 tour was put on hold amid the COVID-19 crisis.    

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