RTÉ is standing next to the star signing the radio hosts The 2 Johnnies, following outcry over their sexist material.
RTÉ’s new DJ has been suspended after they were called out for offensive material in a video promoting their 2FM show.
Their Drive It show on 2FM only started last Monday and they were benched on Thursday, after just three shows.
The future of the new program is in doubt as RTÉ looks into the matter.
The video, which contains some raw material about female genitalia, was removed last week because it was promoting their new 2FM show.
The comedy duo apologized for the “offensive” content, saying it was “never published”.
Among the car sticker taglines read in the podcast were: “Workin ‘the land and droppin’ the hand”; “Tires are like women, no good unless they squeal”, and “She’s not a princess, she’s a whore”. There are several other crude references, which Independent.ie has chosen not to publish.
Now RTÉ says the comedy duo only violated social media guidelines and will return to the station in two weeks.
In a statement, the national broadcaster said it had “closely interacted” with The 2 Johnnies for “violating our social media guidelines”, the standards expected with content. RTÉ and the challenges of moving from an unregulated space to a regulated one.
RTÉ does not mention sexist material in its statement.
Dan Healy, Head of RTÉ 2fm, said: “We have reviewed the content and have found that our social media guidelines have been violated.
“We take this matter very seriously. We took it so seriously that The 2 Johnnies was broadcast.
“They apologized and we talked about where we were going from here. They are aware of the standards we expect and are fully committed to following them.
“We look forward to partnering with The 2 Johnnies as we work together to bring a new approach to driving time.
“That’s the job they have to do and the show we want to give the audience. We’ll continue to do this before the show returns to airing on Monday, March 14.”
Two Johnnies, John O’Brien and John McMahon, said, “After a very stressful week, and after issuing apologies and clarifications on the events that happened, we are extremely excited to return to the show. Schedule your daily driving hours.
“We had a great welcome at 2FM last week and are very excited to be working with Dan and the 2FM family again, recognizing the lessons we’ve learned and committing to what we do. this.
“Coming from a different environment, it is an honor to have the opportunity to speak nationally five days a week, and we appreciate that with this comes great responsibility and we are now expecting so much more.” to us.”
The duo said another employee put the video together and said they hadn’t seen it before it was published.
The presenters said their intention was to condemn the slogans but said they were not “clear enough for us to condemn them”.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/rte-sticks-with-the-2-johnnies-despite-outcry-over-sexist-material-41400286.html RTÉ stick with The 2 Johnnies despite outcry over sexist material