Succession's Brian Cox has revealed his character was originally due to be killed off in the first series of the HBO comedy-drama.
The actor, 73, portrays brash media mogul Logan Roy, who was left fighting for his life when he had a stroke just moments after asking his children to sign a contract instating his third wife Marcia (Hiam Abbass) as successor to the family empire.
The Scottish star admitted his alter-ego - famed for his roaring 'f**k off catchphrase' - was actually due to bow out of the critically-acclaimed show in season one, leaving the ensuing row over who would become his heir to play out in his absence.
'It was a one season role': Succession's Brian Cox has revealed his character was originally due to be killed off in the first series of the HBO comedy-drama
Speaking on Wednesday's This Morning, host Holly Willoughby told the Golden Globe-nominated actor she'd heard that Logan was supposed to be a 'one season character' and was meant to be 'killed off' during the first series.
Confirming the theory, Brian explained he had a conversation with Succession creator Jesse Armstrong and the show's director Adam McKay, and they decided to save Logan after his dramatic helicopter stroke.
He told Holly: 'Yes. It was a one season role and I was fine with that.
'Jesse was in Italy on holiday, Adam was in LA and I was in London, and so we had this 20-minute conversation, I said "So it's a one season role?" and then there was this pause over the Atlantic and Jesse said, "Oh, no I don't think so!" And it wasn't!'
Tense: The actor, 73, portrays media mogul Logan Roy, who was left fighting for his life after asking his children to sign a contract instating his wife as successor to his empire
Brian also told an amusing anecdote about women begging him to order them to 'f**k off' in the style of his abrasive character during an appearance at a #MeToo event.
Replacing the profanity with the word 'cauliflower' on the daytime show, he explained: 'If I use cauliflower for the obvious, "Why don't you cauliflower off?".
'Rosanna Arquette had this book for Ronan Farrow. It was a #MeToo evening, I was very pleased to be there and afterwards I was surrounded by quite a few ladies.
'One or two of them said, "Can you tell me to cauliflower off?", and I said, "Is that really appropriate at a #MeToo movement event?"'
Explaining all: The Scottish star admitted his alter-ego - famed for his roaring 'f**k off catchphrase' - was actually due to bow out of the show in season one
Family drama: Logan being killed off