"DON'T CALL me Len you little prick, I'm a bishop!"
Father Ted may have aired its last episode more than 20 years ago, but the iconic sitcom is never far from our minds.
A perfect case in point is Irish twitter dutifully reacting in the best way to an article stating that the replacement of a disgraced clergyman will be none other than a certain Bishop Brennan.
The Catholic Herald made the announcement on Tuesday, and Father Ted fans were quick to make reference to Ireland's favourite Bishop, Len Brennan.
Good man Len hope the son is keeping well 👍
— Eoin Scully (@Eoin_Scully1) July 23, 2019
The Limerick Bishop made appearances in some of the best known episodes, with Irish audiences consistently in tears of laughter watching Father Ted Crilly trying-- and often failing-- to keep His Excellency happy.
Often the first one to come to mind is third-season episode "Kicking Bishop Brennan Up The Arse". Even if you've been living under a rock for the past two decades and haven't seen it, the premise of the episode is fairly clear.
— Kris (@Kris_Newcastle) July 23, 2019
The recurring antagonist, played by veteran actor Jim Norton, produced some of the show's most memorable quotes-- including the legendary...
— Liz (@Irongirl_1804) July 24, 2019
The article was brought to the attention of fans by the brilliant Father Ted Quote of the Day twitter account and fans were delighted to seize the opportunity to reference their favourite show.
— Tom Ferguson (@tom10248) July 24, 2019
In an ironic twist, it seems the controversy has even more parallels to the iconic TV show, as Bishop Bransfield is in disgrace partially due to his "habit of lavish and inappropriate spending"-- but true fans know the money was just resting in his account.
The money was just resting in Bransfield's account?
— Ceri Jenkins (@Almighty_CRJ) July 24, 2019
The real-life successor to disgraced Bishop Bransfield has yet to make a statement to Twitter's response, but we expect his reaction will be something like this...
— udrivebarnsley (@udrivebarnsley) July 24, 2019