Mrs Brown’s Boys cast reunite for Christmas special without Gary Hollywood and Damien McKiernan after they quit over pay

THE cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys has reunited for a Christmas special without Gary Hollywood and Damien McKiernan after they quit over pay.

It was revealed earlier this month that the two actors had left the hit show after finding out they were paid less than their co-stars.

Gary Hollywood and Damien McKiernan, who play boyfriends Dino and Rory, clashed with the show's bosses after discovering the difference in pay.

However, the show must go on as they say in showbusiness and creator and star Brendan O'Carroll has reunited with the rest of the cast to prepare for the Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special.

The cast were pictured on a Zoom call during a read through of the festive edition, appearing in great spirits despite Gary and Damien's exits.

The Daily Star previously reported that Gary was told his role on the show's Christmas episodes would be reduced, which they say also played a part in his decision to leave.

An insider said: "Gary and Damien were confused and hurt when they realised they were getting paid less than the others. When they raised the issue it did not go down very well.

"Gary was later told he would only be appearing in one of this year’s Christmas specials. That was the last straw, so he told them he was quitting.

"Co-stars including Jennifer Gibney tried to convince him to stay, but his mind is made up."

The news was worse for Damien who the Daily Star revealed was given some heartbreaking news.

The insider added: “It was even worse news for Damien.

“He was simply told he is being written out. They are both heartbroken that things have turned out this way."

The BBC declined to comment on the original report about Gary and Damien's exit.

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