The BBC has issued a statement after dropping Mrs Brown's Boys from its schedule earlier this month.
On Saturday, January 9, Brendan O'Carroll's sitcom was due to air at 9.30pm but was dropped after the Arsenal vs Newcastle FA Cup game went into extra time – meaning the TV schedule was pushed back by 30 minutes.
The BBC confirmed on its website that it had received complaints about the sudden change in schedule.
"As a live event, the match went into extra time and as a result there was inevitable disruption to the evening schedule," it read.
"As viewers may appreciate, we were obliged to broadcast the match until it had ended.
"We do however recognise the disappointment caused that Casualty and The Wheel were moved later in the schedule and that Mrs Brown's Boys was dropped."
The show's creator Brendan O'Carroll recently announced Mrs Brown's Boys will be on screens until at least 2026 – with more Christmas specials on the way, too.
"We've been doing it for nine years already – which is six more than The Royle Family had and more than Morecambe and Wise," he said.
"This new deal we signed last week goes all the way to 2026, which means I will be able to grow into the part, and we've a clause in which guarantees Mrs Brown is aired at 10pm on Christmas night, or else we don't have to make it," he said.
"I wanted that because if it's not good enough for Christmas Day, then we shouldn't be making it."
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