Mrs Brown's Boys' Brendan O'Carroll opens up about Dino Doyle star's exit

Photo credit: Alan Peebles - BBC
Photo credit: Alan Peebles - BBC

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Mrs Brown's Boys star Brendan O'Carroll has opened up about Gary Hollywood's exit from the BBC One sitcom.

The Scottish actor, who played Dino Doyle since 2004, made his final appearance on the series this year.

At the time of his departure, it was rumoured that there was a dispute over money, but O'Carroll has now insisted that there were no hard feelings between the two of them, and that Hollywood chose to leave the show for personal reasons.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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"Some people claimed Gary left because of a row over money but it wasn't true," O'Carroll told Dublin Live. "They didn't know the full story and it was amicable."

He went on to say that he received abuse from fans on social media who didn't know the truth about the situation.

Photo credit: Alan Peebles - BBC
Photo credit: Alan Peebles - BBC

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"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," O'Carroll continued.

"He decided he wanted to follow his own star and we are delighted for him. Gary decided to move to Spain and set up a new life for himself and fair play to him."

It was reported earlier this year that Rory Brown actor Damien McKiernan has also left the sitcom.

Mrs Brown's Boys airs its new festive special on Christmas Day at 10pm on BBC One, with another special on New Year's Day at 10pm.

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