Sad news for Mrs Brown’s Boys fans as one of the shows most beloved stars quits.
Rory Cowan, who played Mrs Brown’s hairdresser in the hit Irish sitcom – and worked with show creator Brendan O’Carroll for 26-years – said in a statement to the Irish Daily Mail that he had been "unhappy", and left his co-stars after a show at London's O2 Arena on Sunday.
"I hadn't been happy working for the Mrs Brown's Boys company for the last 18 months to two years," he admitted. "I feel that 26 years is enough so I decided it was time to go."
Despite telling Brendan last month that he wanted to leave the show, he was persuaded to stay on for the last part of the Mrs Brown tour.
"I told Brendan on 16 June about my decision to leave," he revealed. "That's when I handed in my notice.
"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."
Despite the shock decision, Rory insists there is “no bad blood” between the long-time colleagues.
"I'm not going into details about why I was unhappy. I did the final show, packed my stuff into a small Waitrose plastic bag and just left the venue."
Rory originally started work as O’Carroll’s publicist – only becoming part of the cast when an actor dropped out during a tour and no one else could be found to learn the lines quick enough.
In a statement, O'Carroll described Cowan as "a legend".
"To all of us it feels like Ronaldo leaving Manchester United," he said. "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 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."
Mrs Brown’s boys originally started out as a stage show before its success led to the BBC picking it up as a TV series in 2011.