It’s been revealed that the creator of Mrs Brown’s Boys turned down a major license deal with Russian TV, because “they didn’t want any gay”.
Brendan O’Carroll, 62, created the hit comedy show and also stars in it, playing Agnes Brown – with the show airing in US, Ireland, Australia and South Africa.
But he’s revealed the series won’t be making its debut in Russia after they demanded that character Rory should be taken out from the final edit.
Speaking to The Sun, Brendan revealed: “They didn’t want any gay, Russia in particular.
“It was a nice little deal, it’s a big country so the fee you’d charge for the licensing is audience-related, so it’s a big audience and it would have been a nice fee.
“But no gay, absolutely no gay. So I said ‘no gay, no show’. And that was it.”
Brendan went on to say that Romania threatened to cut Rory out of the show, but went ahead airing his scenes – editing out any mention of him being gay.
Rory Cowan – who played Rory on the show – left this year, but he is said to be replaced for the brand new Christmas specials.