Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll has revealed he was asked to tone down the show’s swearing by the BBC but refused, telling the corporation: "I don’t want to be a star".
The comedian, best-known for his Dublin matriarch alter-ego, said during early meetings with the BBC he was asked to cut swear words from his scripts so the programme could be shown before the watershed.
63-year-old O’Carroll said television executive Danny Cohen, who has worked as controller for both BBC One and BBC Three, told him he could become a star if his shows were shown earlier.
Speaking at a pre-screening of this year’s two Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas specials, the comic said he had been invited in for what he called a ‘f’ meeting, where he expected to be admonished for using foul language.
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He said: "Danny Cohen had taken over as controller. I had been invited in for a ‘f’ meeting. I went in with my producer. I arrived and Danny Cohen, he was mighty big and he was swinging in his chair.
"He spent the first 10 minutes telling me how lucky the BBC felt to have found me and the family, how wonderful Mrs Brown’s Boys was and how he liked that there was also pathos there and hopefully a message at the end – that families fall in and fall out but at the end of the day there’s always something that keeps them together. We were going through all of this stuff."
He added that he had playfully asked Cohen to get to the point then explained that he would not change the show to attract more viewers.
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He continued: "Now I’m getting f ** bored. I say: ‘Danny, can we cut to the chase? You want me to stop saying ‘f***’ so you can put the show on at eight o’clock.’
"And he said: ‘Exactly’. He said to me: ‘Look Benny, we want to make you a big star. We really do. The BBC want to make you a big headline star’.
Over the festive season Mrs Brown’s boys fans will be able to see all the stars back in action for two brand new episodes, Exotic Mammy and Mammy’s Motel.