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Mrs Brown's Boys actor Damien McKiernan turns SECOND star to sue the show's creator, Brendan O'Carroll


A second BBC star, Mrs Browns Boys, has been suing for unfair dismissal, bullying and discrimination after being fired from the sitcom.

Damien McKiernan, 54, who played Rory Brown from December 2017, is taking legal action against the show's creator and lead actor Brendan O'Carroll, 65.

He is the second actor on the show in just a week to announce a lawsuit against Mr. O'carroll, who plays the show's star, Agnes Brown, reports The Sun.

A source on the show told The Daily Star, "Damien has decided to take legal action. He does not feel treated fairly and wants justice. & # 39;

Damien McKiernan, who played Rory Brown from December 2017, is taking legal action against the series' creator and actor Brendan O & # 39; Carroll, 65 (pictured as Mrs Brown).

Mr McKiernan made an official complaint to the BBC after being fired from the show in October but decided to take legal action after the matter remained unresolved.

Gary Hollywood, 41, who played Dino Doyle on the BAFTA winners show and left the show that fall, has also taken legal action claiming he was "treated unfairly".

He is suing Mr. O & # 39; Carroll for constructive dismissal and discrimination in the workplace.

Mr Hollywood told the Daily Star that he was "ignored" after trying to resolve the issue and "wasn't paid right away".

The actor claims he was paid less than his co-stars for the spin-off show All Round To Mrs Browns, and says he was fired from a celebratory special after bringing up the subject.

Damien McKiernan (center photo) filed an official complaint with the BBC after being fired from the show in October but decided to take legal action after the matter was not resolved

Damien McKiernan (center photo) filed an official complaint with the BBC after being fired from the show in October but decided to take legal action after the matter was not resolved

Damien McKiernan, 54, as Rory Brown (right) and Gary Hollywood, 41, as Dino Doyle in BBC's Mrs Browns Boys

Damien McKiernan, 54, as Rory Brown (right) and Gary Hollywood, 41, as Dino Doyle in BBC's Mrs Browns Boys

The show's boss, Mr O & # 39; Carroll, claims he and Mr Hollywood got on well when he decided to leave the show, reports The Sun.

Mr. Hollywood is also taking legal action against the BBC.

Last month, Mr O & # 39; Carroll confirmed that he had signed a new contract to ensure that the popular BBC sitcom will keep their Christmas specials until at least 2026.

He added that the new contract guarantees that every festive edition he creates will receive a coveted 10pm slot every Christmas Day.

The news comes as the show, usually a Christmas Day classic, received its worst viewership in nearly a decade.

Cast: The source went on to claim the rest of the cast were "too fearful to hold their own against Brendan".

Cast: The source went on to claim the rest of the cast were "too fearful to hold their own against Brendan".

The show, which aired at 10 p.m. on Christmas Day, was seen by 3.8 million viewers, a significant decrease from the 11 million who watched in 2013 and the 4.6 million who watched last year.

Though the show has long been a TV favorite, this year it was beaten by the likes of Call The Midwife (5.4 million) and the Strictly Christmas Special (4.9 million).

A source told MailOnline earlier this month: & # 39; Brendan is lying through his prosthesis to save the face and the show.

To say that Gary left the show to move to Lanzarote was so stupid and really offensive to Garys and the fans of Mrs. Brown.

& # 39; You all know that Gary has lived in Lanzarote since 2014 and regularly uses social media to share photos. He even hosts a weekly radio show on their main radio station, Monster Radio.

"He's lying through his prosthesis!" A source close to former Mrs Browns Boys actor Gary Hollywood accused the show star Brendan of "lying" about Gary's shock exit from the show

A source told MailOnline: "To say that Gary left the show to move to Lanzarote was so stupid and really offensive to Garys and Mrs. Brown's fans."

A source told MailOnline: "To say that Gary left the show to move to Lanzarote was so stupid and really offensive to Garys and Mrs. Brown's fans."

Brendan knows this but said it in the hopes that no one will really notice as he tries to be polite to Gary by saying it is amicable. It was far from consensual. & # 39;

The source went on to claim the rest of the cast were "too scared to hold their own against Brendan" and that the show was in an uproar behind the scenes.

& # 39; The future of the show is at stake here. Although it shares opinion, it is extremely popular with many people.

“One of the reasons for this is that they seem like family, not just in front of the camera, but also outside of it. They should all be paid the same and they should all be one big happy family.

Mr Hollywood (pictured this Christmas) told the Daily Star that after trying to resolve the issue, he was "ignored" and "was not paid immediately".

Mr Hollywood (pictured this Christmas) told the Daily Star that after trying to resolve the issue, he was "ignored" and "was not paid immediately".

Behind the scenes, it's far from that. It has been brewing for a very long time and everyone saw it coming.

"Of course, brushing it under the rug and trying to rewrite history won't help – but everyone is too scared to stand up to Brendan for fear they might make it, just like Gary.

& # 39; Gary was loved by the cast, crew and fans alike. His character Dino was one of the most popular on the series and fans are very upset to see him leave. & # 39;

The BBC and Brendan O & # 39; Carroll's representatives declined to comment.

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