Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O'Carroll has praised Rory Cowan after his decision to quit the hit series because he was 'tired of it'

Mrs Brown’s Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll has compared the departure of co-star Rory Cowan to Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer from Manchester United.

Rory played the son of Brendan’s character Agnes Brown for the final time at the O2 Arena in London on Sunday.

In a statement Brendan labelled him a ‘legend, adding: “To all of us it feels like Ronaldo leaving Man United. But Ronaldo went on to amazing success, which I know Rory will, too.

“I can’t even quantify the contribution Rory has made to our success and the well-being of me and my family, not just on screen or stage but way before that as a friend and a driving force in getting us here.

“He’s a legend.”

Rory, who played hairdresser Rory Brown, said he had grown ‘tired’ of the hit BBC comedy and stage show.

He told the Irish Mirror: “I got tired of it, I haven’t been happy for the last two years working there.”

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Brendan O’Carroll (Isaben Infantes/PA)

 

“There was no row with Brendan, there was no dispute over money or anything, in fact quite the opposite. I got so well paid that it enabled me to be able to leave, I didn’t need to stay.”

Rory’s agent had told the Mirror Online his client’s split from the hit BBC comedy and popular stage show had been ‘amicable’.

The actor had starred as Rory Brown since 2001 and has been working with Brendan since the early ’90s.