Future of 2 Johnnies RTE radio show decided as 2FM announces return after controversy over inappropriate content

RTE 2FM has announced that John McMahon and John O’Brien – better known by their podcast moniker The 2 Johnnies – will return to radio this month.

Drive it with the 2 Johnnies will be back on RTÉ 2FM on Monday 14 March.

Posting to their Instagram to announce their comeback, the couple thanked their followers and followers and shared their statement on acknowledging the controversy that forced them off the air.

The comedians-turned-radio hosts quit the airwaves last week after a video made by a member of their crew and shared on their social media pages was criticized as inappropriate and “violently sexist”.

“Following what has been a very intense week and after offering apologies and clarifications on the events that have transpired, we are extremely excited to return to our daily commute show,” said they said in their statement.

The 2 Johnnies in front of the RTE radio center

“We had a great reception at 2fm last week and we look forward to working with Dan and the 2fm family again, acknowledging the lessons we have learned and committing to putting them into practice.

“Coming from a different background, it’s a privilege to have the chance to have a national conversation five days a week, and we appreciate that it comes with great responsibility and that a lot is now expected of we.

“We are committed to creating a successful radio show and working with everyone at 2fm to show the nation the best of us. We want to thank 2fm for working with us.”

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Dan Healy, director of RTÉ 2fm noted “We have reviewed the content and found that our social media guidelines have been violated. We took this very seriously. So seriously that The 2 Johnnies has been taken off the air.

“They have apologized and we have been talking since about what we are going to do from here. They are aware of the standards we expect and are absolutely committed to upholding them.

“We look forward to working with The 2 Johnnies as we work together to bring a new approach to drive time. This is the job they have been commissioned to do and the spectacle we want to deliver to audiences.

“We will continue to work on this before the show resumes on Monday, March 14.”

In now-deleted clips, the comedians discussed demeaning references to women that appeared on car bumper stickers.

In a series of explanations and apologies following the clip’s public release, the duo said they were disappointed they hadn’t done more to “condemn” the offensive content.

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