Damien McKiernan sues Mrs Brown's Boys for 'unfair dismissal'January 3, 2021
Mrs Brown’s Boys is reportedly being sued by former star Damien McKiernan for ‘unfair dismissal’ following his axe from the show.
McKiernan, 54, who starred as Rory Brown on the BBC series from 2017, saw his character written out of the programme in October 2020 and Rory didn’t feature in this year’s Christmas special that aired on Christmas Day.
It’s claimed McKiernan had complained to the BBC after his exit from Mrs Brown’s Boys and has now decided to take legal action against the show, as he feels he wasn’t treated fairly.
This is the second lawsuit Mrs Brown’s Boys is facing, as castmember Gary Hollywood, who played Rory’s husband Dino Doyle, is suing the series over a pay dispute.
An insider told Daily Star: ‘[McKiernan] has decided to take legal action. He doesn’t feel like he has been fairly treated and wants justice.’
‘Damien is devastated. The decision to drop him from the show came out of the blue,’ they added.
‘He doesn’t feel like it was fair and he wasn’t given a proper explanation. He thinks the way he’s been treated is appalling, so wants to take action.’
Former star Hollywood was also dropped from the show in October 2020.
The absence of his character Dino and McKiernan’s character Rory was explained in the Mrs Brown’s Boys special when Agnes Brown – played by lead star and show writer Brendan O’Carroll – revealed Rory and Dino were stuck in Wuhan after travelling there to get their own hairdryer brand.
Hollywood has argued he was underpaid compared to his co-stars – many of which are O’Carroll’s family members – and that he was given no explanation over decisions that were being made.
‘I feel I wasn’t being paid equally and I wasn’t being given an explanation for decisions,’ he told Daily Star Sunday.
‘When I tried to resolve it, nothing was done. I was just disregarded. But I won’t put up with it any more. I won’t be treated like that. This has gone too far. They shouldn’t do this to people.’
Hollywood added: ‘I am taking legal action. The papers have been lodged for a tribunal and the process has now started.’
When contacted by Metro.co.uk both a BBC spokesperson and a rep for Brendan O’Carroll declined to comment.
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