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Mr Brown’s Boys’ Brendan O’Carroll used his own savings to pay cast after tour cancelled due to pandemic

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Brendan O’Carroll has used his own savings to pay the cast and crew of Mr Brown’s Boys after their tour was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the 65-year-old actor dipped into his own money to make sure his team were still paid after Covid-19 shelved the event. “You have to realise this would…

Brendan O’Carroll has used his own savings to pay the cast and crew of Mr Brown’s Boys after their tour was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But the 65-year-old actor dipped into his own money to make sure his team were still paid after Covid-19 shelved the event.

“You have to realise this would be the cast’s earnings for the year,” he told the Irish Sun.

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“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.

“There’s also the fact that I want to hang onto some really talented people I enjoy working with and I know are brilliant.

“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.

“Facebook and Twitter, those sorts of companies hold onto their teams in the same way.”

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The successful actor, comedian and author is also continuing to pay the wages of his warehouse staff during this difficult time.

He said: “ Covid hit us bad and was a huge interruption but we didn’t let a single one of them go.

“We didn’t put anyone on part time or furlough them, and I made a decision we wouldn’t apply for government funds either.

“We’ll get through it and our hearts go out to everyone who has lost their job or income, or worse, lost a loved one.”

‘Bugsy’ Dermot O’Neill, who plays Granddad on the hit BBC show said the gesture was “Brendan all over” and explained his gratitude as the money helped him pay his hospital bills.

He told the publication: “I have bills from hospitals.

“Getting this money from Brendan means I have one less thing to worry about, and we’re very lucky to have him looking after us so well.”

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