It might be a Christmas TV tradition in many households, but Mrs Brown’s Boys has come in for its fair share of criticism over the years.
The BBC sitcom, written by and starring Brendan O’Carroll, has been accused by some of racism and homophobia in the past, but its creator had some blunt advice for those who don’t like the show.
O’Carroll, speaking to The Sun about his critics, said: “Just change the f***ing channel.”
The comedian has been touring Mrs Brown’s Boys in theatres this year and added: “Honestly, I put on my dress and my t**s and go out and make people laugh and I come off, take off my dress, take off my t**s, get into the shower, come out and as soon as I come out of the theatre, I don’t even think about the show.”
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He also argued that the sitcom’s many awards wins spoke for themselves.
O’Carroll’s wife Jennifer Gibney stars alongside him in Mrs Brown’s Boys as Agnes’ daughter Cathy, and agreed that she couldn’t understand why people got so irritated by the comedy.
She said: “I don’t understand how anybody could get that annoyed. There’s some telly I don’t like but I’d never be full of vitriol.”
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Gibney added that it would be “too weird” to kiss her husband while he was in character as Mrs Brown and never speaks to him as Brendan when he is in costume.
The couple also revealed that O’Carroll is so convincing as Mrs Brown, he has drawn some unlikely admirers with elderly gentleman occasionally turning up with flowers at the end of theatre shows to ask her out on dates.
However, they said that they don’t like to ruin it for the keen fans by explaining that she is really a man, so they just say she has already gone home for the night.
Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special airs on BBC One on Christmas Day at 10.30pm.