Mrs Brown's Boys' Brendan O'Carroll misses Gary Hollywood but hasn't spoken to him since he quit show

 Gary played the role of Dino Doyle on Mrs Brown's Boys since 2004 before quitting in 2020 - and Brendan says he misses his former co-star and that he was part of the family

Gary Hollywood and Brendan O'Carroll on Mrs Brown's Boys (Image: BBC)

Mrs Brown's Boys star Brendan O'Carroll says he misses former co-star Gary Hollywood - but hasn't spoken to him since he quit the show.

Gary joined the cast as Dino Doyle for the stage show in 2004, and also starred in the TV series which began airing on RTE and BBC back in 2011.

But in 2020 the actor quit, claiming he was paid less than other cast members and launched legal action against Brendan, the BBC and Hungry Bear Media Limited for discrimination and unfair dismissal.

Gary claimed he was paid less than his co-stars for chat show All Round To Mrs Brown's and that he was dropped from one of the Christmas specials days before filming started.

However, he withdrew all claims during a preliminary hearing last June.

Speaking about Gary's departure from the show, Brendan told the Irish Mirror: "He was a great actor and we miss him.

"He used to call me father. He was part of the family and we haven't spoken since and haven't heard a word from him since."

The comedian, who plays lead role Agnes Brown in the hit sitcom, added that he is sad Gary decided to leave but doesn't see him coming back.

"I think that is it. It was the most bizarre time," he continued.

"I don't know where it came from. It came out of the blue.

"I got a call from the office to say Gary has been on to the office and wants his flight home to Spain changed to tomorrow.

"I was like 'But we haven't been to Glasgow [where the show is filmed] yet? We are meant to be isolating. We haven't started yet'.

"He said if he's not going to be in both episodes he's not going to do it. And then he was gone."

Brendan's admission comes after it was revealed that Mrs Brown's Boys will not be returning for a new series this year.

There was wide speculation that the hit comedy would be returning to our screens with brand new episodes, on top of the annual Christmas specials, but fans will have to wait until next year for this to happen.

Brendan's daughter Fiona O'Carroll, who plays Maria Brown, told Ireland AM earlier this year: "Well, you know what this industry is like. There is lots of talk and lots of talk and until it is happening you will never really know. Yes, there is talk.

"We were supposed to be doing a mini series this year but, unfortunately, due to various different reasons it didn't happen.

"So, there is talk of it happening next year, a possible mini series.

"It is not just down to us, it is down to studio time, it is down to crew and it is down to cast.

"With Covid, it was a massively turbulent time and there is huge backlog and all artists and productions are fighting for time and space.

"It is hard to get that time to make stuff and get a slot. Yes, there is talk but whether it happens, I don't know."

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