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Mrs Brown’s Boys fans from across the world were devastated yesterday when Rory Cowan – who plays Rory Brown – announced he was leaving the show.

Cowan, who has worked alongside O’Carroll for 26 years said he would not reveal his reason for quitting.

Of course, with such a revelation and secrecy surrounding it, fans are speculating of disharmony between the cast and questioning everything that happens and trying to spot any past episodes where things didn’t seem quite right.

Today, Brendan has spoken out and if there has been a fall out, he’s kept his media face well and truly on. But many fans have read between the lines in his statement, with growing speculation that there was bad blood between the pair.

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O’Carroll paid a beautiful tribute in which he said:

“To all of us it feels like Ronaldo ­leaving Man Utd. But Ronaldo went on to amazing success which I know Rory will too,” he explained to The Irish Sun.

“I can’t even quantify the ­contribution Rory has made to our success and the well-being 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.”

Reports are suggesting that Rory had not been “happy” on the show for a while and informed Brendan O’Carroll in June that he wanted to leave.

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The popular Irish actor played his final performance on the touring show on Sunday night.

“I hadn’t been happy working for the Mrs Brown’s Boys company for the last 18 months to two years,” he told the Irish Daily Mail.

“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.”

He continued: “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.”

Rory then made it clear he wasn’t craving media attention by stating: “I’m not going into details about why I was unhappy.

“I did the final show [in London], packed my stuff into a small Waitrose plastic bag and just left the venue.”

Mrs Brown’s Boys has been a huge hit in Ireland for decades, with the BBC picking the show up in recent years.

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