GARETH O’CALLAGHAN SLAMS MRS BROWN’S BOYS, THE SHOW HE ‘RISKED MY JOB FOR’ - Mrs Brown's Boys

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Monday, January 14, 2019

GARETH O’CALLAGHAN SLAMS MRS BROWN’S BOYS, THE SHOW HE ‘RISKED MY JOB FOR’




Gareth O’Callaghan has slammed popular TV show Mrs Brown’s Boys.

The RTE series is a huge success both at home in Ireland and in the UK, where it is shown on BBC.

However, Gareth, who recently returned to radio over Christmas, is not a fan of the show, saying it’s ‘worst than I could ever have imagined.’



Gareth is not a fan of Mrs. Brown’s Boys on TV. Pic: Twitter/Gareth O’Callaghan



Taking to Twitter, Gareth revealed that he had risked his career in 1992 by putting Brendan O’Carroll’s creation Mrs Brown’s Boys on air.

He continued: ‘Truth. It was great radio. It became a huge success.



Before it became an award-winning TV show, Mrs Brown’s Boys aired on 2FM. Pic: RTE/BBC/Alan Peebles


‘I watched it on the telly tonight for the first time ever. The truth. 27 years on!

‘It was worse than I could ever have imagined. Seriously it was just awful. I’m lost for words.’




One person replied to the RTE DJ’s tweet, saying if it wasn’t for Gareth Mrs Brown’s Boys ‘would’ve had a serious mountain to climb.’

Gareth responded, saying ‘it was genuinely funny back then. 2FM had no interest in it whatsoever initially, until I put it on air – against management’s directives.

‘They didn’t want anything to do with it until they realised listeners loved it.’


Some people defended Mrs Brown’s Boys, telling Gareth they still laugh at the show. Pic: Joe Dunne


Fans of the show raced to defend Brendan‘s award-winning show.

Michelle Corry said: ‘Ah Gareth, is it not better to saying nothing at all if nothing nice to say? Why have a go? They are just trying to get through life, like all the rest of us.’

Another said: ‘A lot of people love it. Personally I think the earlier episodes were better, but I always get a laugh.


However, many agreed with Gareth and poked light at the radio star’s comment.

David Sherling said: ‘Brendan O’Connor will be taking your name off his Xmas card list with a review like that, although you’re probably correct,’ to which Gareth replied: ‘He has obviously been sending the cards to the wrong address for a long time if that’s the case!’


Before Brendan donned a grey curly wig and an apron, Mrs Brown’s Boys first became a huge success on national radio.

It aired on 2FM in 1992 and grew to become so popular that Brendan wrote a series of books from the mid-90s onwards.


The original show also has a spin-off chat show, All Round To Mrs Brown’s. Pic: RTE


Mrs Brown’s Boys then became a TV series in 2011, first airing on RTE before being snapped up by the BBC.

Since then, it’s won 12 awards and nominated 19 times.










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