Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll has said he used his own savings to pay cast members after the show’s tour was axed.
The 65-year-old announced he’d given stars ‘half the money they’d make off the tour’ after it was cancelled due to Covid-19 last year.
The actor said he believes in ‘karma’ and said he hopes the gesture will help to convince the stars to return in future.
Speaking to the Irish Sun, Brendan said: ‘You have to realise this would be the cast’s earnings for the year.
‘So what I did was advance them half the money they’d make off the tour, they’ll get the rest when we actually get to play the arenas.’
Brendan added: ‘I want all my actors back when we come out of this. I’m a big believer in treating people well so they don’t feel the need to go anywhere else.’
Meanwhile, the BBC has been forced to address viewer complaints after Mrs Brown’s Boys was dropped from the TV schedule earlier this month.
Brendan also recently confirmed that the show will be continuing until 2026.
‘It’s incredible that the BBC have nailed down such a special slot for Mrs Brown,’ the actor explained after it was renewed.
‘We’ve been doing it for nine years already — which is six more than the Royle Family had and more than Morecambe and Wise.’
Mrs Brown’s Boys is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.