Brendan O'Carroll compares Cowan departure to Ronaldo leaving United
Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O'Carroll has compared the departure of co-star Rory Cowan to Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer from Manchester United.
Cowan played the son of O'Carroll's character Agnes Brown for the final time at the O2 Arena in London on Sunday.
In a statement O'Carroll labelled him a "legend", adding:"To all of us it feels like Ronaldo leaving Man United. But Ronaldo went on to amazing success which I know Rory will too."
"I can't even quantify the contribution Rory has made to our success and the wellbeing 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."
Cowan, who played hairdresser Rory Brown, said he had grown "tired" of the hit BBC comedy and stage show.
He told the Herald: "I've been unhappy for around two years.
"I handed in my notice around June 16 and said to Brendan, 'I'd like to go'.
"It was getting to the stage where I had been touring so much.
"We were covering the same routes and playing the same venues and it just got a bit dull and repetitive.
"Life on the road can be boring and I would be staying in apartments I didn't really like. And the time off stage was dragging.
"If I stayed doing the tours, I would know what my life was going to be like until 2022. It would have been the same venues and places.
"But I can't fault Brendan, and there was no falling out - and it definitely wasn't about money.
"Brendan has been so generous to me. In fact, his generosity has enabled me to leave the show."
Cowan will not feature in the Christmas specials or the spin-off chat show All Round To Mrs Brown's.
He has no idea who will replace him, and had no knowledge of whether his character would be written out of the series.
"There won't be a send-off, no," he told the Herald.
"I don't know who will be replacing me or if they will be replacing me at all.
"I don't know if they will be writing me out - I have no opinion on that.
"It's nothing to do with me. That's up to Brendan and the BBC."
Yesterday, O'Carroll confirmed that Cowan's replacement would be unveiled on the Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special.
O'Carroll asked Cowan if he wanted to perform one last time in Dublin during the company's live show, but Cowan declined.
"I said, 'No, I can't hand in my notice in June and work until December. That's too much of a wait'," said Cowan.