Mrs Brown’s Boys star taking legal action against Brendan over ‘workplace discrimination’

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Mrs Brown’s Boys actor Gary Hollywood, 41, left his role as Dino Doyle on the BBC hit show earlier this year. Show creator Brendan O’Carroll, 65, recently said the pair were on good terms following his exit, but the actor has now claimed he left the show as he felt he wasn’t being paid the same as his co-stars. He said: “I feel I wasn’t being paid equally and I wasn’t being given an explanation for decisions.

I won’t be ­treated like that. This has gone too far.

Gary Hollywood

“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.

“I am taking legal action. The papers have been lodged for a tribunal and the process has now started.”

Gary alleges he was paid less than his co-stars for spin-off show All Round To Mrs Brown’s.

He said he was axed from one of this year’s festive specials after raising the issue with bosses.

“I hope this tribunal will mean people take responsibility. If there has been wrongdoing, I want people to admit that. I just want the truth.

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“I’m not a greedy person, but I want to be compensated for times when I haven’t been paid fairly,” he added to the Daily Star online.

He continued: “I need to speak up and say, ‘No, this is not on – you cannot do this’.”

The actor went on to say he received a text from show creator Brendan bidding him farewell after he quit.

“I’ve known Brendan for 20 years,” he added. “I very much looked at him as a mentor and I had a lot of respect for him. I always thought he had my back.

“But then the door shut and all I got from Brendan was a single text that said I was out of [a festive episode]. That hurt.

Why did he not pick up the phone? This is ­extremely sad for me.” has contacted a representative for Brendan and BBC for comment.

Brendan addressed Gary’s exit from the show earlier this month.


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The actor and comedian denied claims he and his former Mrs Brown’s Boys co-star fell out over a pay dispute and said his departure was “amicable”.

He told Dublin Live: “Some people claimed Gary left because of a row over money but it wasn’t true.

“They didn’t know the full story and it was amicable.

“I got a lot of abuse over it on social media but I let it go over my head.”

The comedian also insisted there is no bad blood between the pair, describing Gary as a “fabulous act” who he had known for over 20 years.

“He decided he wanted to follow his own star and we are delighted for him,” he added.

Back in October, reports claimed Gary and his on-screen boyfriend Damien quit the show after learning they earn less than the rest of the cast.

A source 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.”

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