Rory Cowan one of the stars of the hit Mrs. Brown's Boys has left the successful comedy after 26 years saying it was 'time to go'.
Cowan first met Brendan O'Carroll, the show's creator in the early '90s. He booked the writer and entertainer for a show whilst working as an events manager, which led to him becoming O'Carroll's publicist. O' Carroll later wrote the role of Rory Brown specifically for Cowan.
Cowan, from Dublin, played the role for the last time at London's O2 Arena on Sunday.
He said: "I hadn't been happy working for the Mrs Brown's Boys company for the last 18 months to two years. I feel that 26 years is enough so I decided it was time to go. I told Brendan 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."
It was reported that Cowan celebrated his last show with a private meal with mates in London, but didn't receive a farewell party. However, he did emphasise that he left the show, 'the way I wanted to go', suggesting the whole shebang happened on his terms.
Speaking to the Irish Daily Mail, Cowan said: "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."
Cowan said he had 'no clue' what he was going to do in the future but suggested something like a 'weekend radio show' after he's had some time off.
Mrs. Brown's Boys became a hit in the UK after being aired on the BBC in 2011, but it has been running in various guises since 1992 as a radio show on Ireland's RTÉ 2fm, as a play, and in various books and films penned by O'Carroll, a man pretending to be a lady with great success over the years.