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'Awful' The 2 Johnnies unsure of future with 2fm after 'horrendous' week

The comedy duo caused controversy when they shared a segment of themselves reacting to controversial and sexist car bumper stickers.

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The 2 Johnnies, Johnny McMahon (left) and Johnny O’Brien. Photo: Andres Poveda

The 2 Johnnies, Johnny McMahon (left) and Johnny O’Brien. Photo: Andres Poveda

The 2 Johnnies, Johnny McMahon (left) and Johnny O’Brien. Photo: Andres Poveda

The 2 Johnnies have said that they’ve had a “horrendous” week after facing criticism for airing “offensive” comments on their RTÉ 2fm drivetime show.

The comedy duo, whose real names are John O’Brien (Johnny B) and John McMahon (Johnny Smacks), caused controversy when they used a segment of themselves reacting to controversial and sexist car bumper stickers in their promotional material for their new radio gig.

The pair issued an apology and RTÉ announced that they had been taken off the air following the backlash, just three days after launching their new show.

Discussing the past few days, the 2 Johnnies said that they had no idea where their future lies with RTÉ.

“It’s horrendous,” Johnny Smacks said on their weekly podcast.

“I woke up on Thursday and turned on Ireland AM. I was watching it as normal and they were going through the front pages and there’s me and you on the front page.

“My stomach just sunk when I read the headline. I was like, ‘F**k sake, this is not what we set out to do.’

“It’s awful. It has been a f**king s**t week. We are obviously taken off air on 2fm, we don’t know what is going to happen there.”

The pair said that the worst thing about the controversy over the past few days was how much it upset their families.

“It is s**t for everyone,” they said.

“S**t for us personally, for everyone in the podcast and who work for us, for our families like, Jesus.

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"It is horrendous, like. It is an awful feeling to have to ring your mam and have her crying down the phone and your sister and people saying it to her.

“It is a horrendous thing and I hope nobody has to go through what we went through for the last few days.”

They added: “But we are going to stay doing this podcast, and stay being us, and we are going to learn from this.

“And we will be better. We understand that we got it wrong and we won't get it wrong again. Nobody in this world is perfect.”

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