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Mrs. Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan quits show after 26 years

Actor Rory Cowan has refused to detail why he decided to quit Mrs. Brown's Boys.

Rory Cowan has quit sitcom Mrs. Brown's Boys after 26 years.

The 57-year-old actor has played Agnes' son Rory on the hit production for nearly three decades. But after a show at London's O2 Arena on Sunday night (09Jul17), Cowan revealed it was his last one after he had made the decision to leave.

And while he admitted he had been "unhappy" with the production for some time, he refused to go into further details about why he had opted to quit.

"I hadn't been happy working for the Mrs. Brown's Boys company for the last 18 months to two years," he told the Irish Daily Mail. "I feel that 26 years is enough so I decided it was time to go. I told Brendan (O'Carroll, the writer and actor) on June 16 about my decision to leave. That's when I handed in my notice.

"I was supposed to leave at the end of that week, but Brendan said that would be impossible and asked if I'd stay on until the end of the London O2 gigs. So I agreed to that."

Following his final show, Cowan went for dinner with friends. However, he admitted there hadn't been a big party or send-off with the rest of the cast because he had "left the way I wanted to go".

"I'm not going into details about why I was unhappy. I did the final show, packed my stuff into a small Waitrose plastic bag and just left the venue," he explained.

While Mrs. Brown's Boys is most famous for its TV success, it was initially a stage show before it was picked up by the BBC and aired on the network for the first time back in 2011. Since then, its popularity has grown and grown, and a movie, Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie, was released in 2014.

O'Carroll and the other cast members of the production have yet to comment on Cowan's exit.

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