It might have been the most watched show of Christmas Day – but one person who wasn’t tuned in to Mrs Brown’s Boys was original star Rory Cowan.
The festive edition of the ever-popular comedy saw Cowan’s replacement, Damian McKiernan, take over where he left off as Mrs Brown’s son Rory – with the character’s ‘new face’ revealed on the show as part of a plastic surgery plot.
However Cowan admitted that he wouldn’t be watching to see how the newcomer got on in the role that he made famous.
‘I won’t be watching Mrs Brown. I’ll be watching Victoria on ITV,’ he told the Irish Mirror. ‘I love that series. It’s two hours long and I’ll be glued to that.’
He added: ‘I’ve got no interest in Mrs Brown’s Boys.
‘I left that show six months ago so i’s not something I want to revisit. And whoever replaced me is not my business either.
‘Whatever happens with Mrs Brown’s Boys, I’m not interested.’.
Rory Cowan announced his departure from the show in July of this year – saying he had been unhappy being a part of Mrs Brown’s Boys for some time.
‘I feel that 26 years is enough so I decided it was time to go,’ he revealed.
McKiernan, meanwhile, a former snooker player who is friends with the show’s star Brendan O’Carroll, made his debut on Christmas night’s show as Rory’s bandages were unwrapped – leaving the Mammy in shock before she finally accepted his new appearance.
The actor admitted making his debut as Rory was nerve-wracking, saying: ‘It felt like I was jumping without a parachute, it was then I realised that OH MY GOD this is serious. I was so nervous,’ he told the Radio Times. ‘I just didn’t want to let anybody down.
They are all such fantastic people with such warm hearts and I felt so much pressure to repay their belief in me.’
Mrs Brown’s Boys’ second new festive episode is on New Year’s Day on BBC One at 10pm.
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