Brendan O'Carroll labels Rory Cowan a 'legend' after Mrs Brown's Boys exit
Irish actor Brendan O'Carroll has paid tribute to his former co-star Rory Cowan, labelling him a 'legend'.
It comes as Cowan revealed this week he had left O'Carroll's company after 26 years.
In a statement, the Mrs Brown's Boys star said: "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 wellbeing 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."
Cowan quit the popular sitcom after admitting he had been "unhappy" for the past two years.
The Irish star, who played Mrs Brown's hairdresser son Rory, appeared with the cast for the final time at the O2 Arena in London on Sunday.
He told the Irish Mirror: "I got tired of it, I haven't been happy for the last two years working there."
"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."
Meanwhile, Cowan's agent has insisted his departure has been "amicable".
He told the Mirror Online: "Touring is a young man's game and he just wanted to take some time off to reassess what he would do with the rest of his life."
"It was an amicable split and he has worked with Brendan for years so there was no hard feelings."
Cowan had starred as Rory Brown since 2001 and has been working with O'Carroll since the early nineties.
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