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Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll talks Gary Hollywood’s exit an alleged ‘huge pay dispute’

Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll clarifies his co-star Gary Hollywood’s exit from the show over an alleged ‘huge money dispute’

Brendan O’Carroll, the actor behind Mrs Brown’s Boys matriarch, Agnes Brown, set the record straight on Saturday about Gary Hollywood’s departure from the show. 

His co-star, 41, who played the loveable hairdresser Dino Doyle, decided to quit the BBC One show after 20 years over an alleged ‘big money dispute’. 

However, Brendan, 65, has insisted that he left due to personal reasons and there is no bad blood between them. 

Shock exit: Brendan O’Carroll, the actor behind Mrs Brown’s Boys matriarch, Agnes Brown, set the record straight on Saturday about Gary Hollywood’s departure from the show

He said during an interview with Dublin Live: ‘Some people claimed Gary left because of a row over money but it wasn’t true. They didn’t know the full story and it was amicable.’

Brendan revealed that he bore the brunt of incessant online abuse after fans assumed Gary left due to the rumoured pay quarrel.

He added:  ‘I got a lot of abuse over it on social media but I let it go over my head. Gary is a fabulous act and has worked with us on and off for over 20 years.

‘He decided he wanted to follow his own star and we are delighted for him.’

Trouble in Brown's Boys paradise? His co-star, 41, who played the beloved hairdresser Dino Doyle, decided to quit the BBC One show after 20 years over an alleged 'huge money dispute'

Trouble in Brown’s Boys paradise? His co-star, 41, who played the beloved hairdresser Dino Doyle, decided to quit the BBC One show after 20 years over an alleged ‘huge money dispute’

According to Brendan, his former co-star decided to move to Spain and start a new life with his family. 

Gary split from his wife Sharon Mudre in 2017 after 14 years of marriage, and they share two sons, Jack, 18, and Charlie, 16. 

He also has a son, Zachary, 20, from a prior relationship to his childhood sweetheart, Anne Haney. 

Shutting down the rumours: However, Brendan, 65, has insisted that his colleague left due to personal reasons and there is no bad blood between them

Shutting down the rumours: However, Brendan, 65, has insisted that his colleague left due to personal reasons and there is no bad blood between them

The actor has found love again with his wife of two years, Cherylanne, and they share a son, Oliver, who was born in March. 

He was born a month premature at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow where he stayed for some time as he battled jaundice.

Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special airs at 10pm on BBC One on December 25.

Love: Gary has three sons, Jack, 18, and Charlie, 16, and Zachary, 20, from previous  relationships in addition to a nine-month-old baby, Oliver, with his wife Cherylanne (pictured)

Love: Gary has three sons, Jack, 18, and Charlie, 16, and Zachary, 20, from previous  relationships in addition to a nine-month-old baby, Oliver, with his wife Cherylanne (pictured)

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