The 2 Johnnies open up about 2FM exit

Pic: Jenny McCarthy

The 2 Johnnies announced earlier this month that they would be leaving 2FM.

The lads had been with the station for two years after making a name for themselves with their social media presence and their own podcast.

They will sign off for the final time on Friday.

Now they have spoken about their decision to leave the station.

Pic: Jenny McCarthy

Speaking to Brendan O’Connor on his RTÉ Radio 1 show, they admitted that they had to hang up their mics as they feared they would be “burnt out”.

“We haven’t time. To be honest, we’ve been working seven days a week for the last two years, and we’re working all day today and all day tomorrow again on our new show,” Johnny B confessed.

“We can’t stop doing our podcast, we can’t stop doing our Patreon podcast, we can’t stop doing live gigs. Something had to go, like. We could’ve stopped doing telly, but that’s very sporadic work.

“So if we ever want to have our lives back, unfortunately, radio was the one that had to go. And we loved doing it, Brendan.”

Pic: Jenny McCarthy

When asked if they were offered more money would they stay, Johnny Smacks said: “The money was agreed long ago. You can’t keep working seven days a week forever. We want our lives back.”

“We would have been burnt out we, would have been tired.”

However, they have not ruled out a return to the station in the future.

“The door is always open from our side. 2FM is a great place to work and loved every minute of it there,” Johnny Smacks said.

The lads’ final show will air on May 31st, the same day that Doireann Garrihy will sign off for the final time. Jennifer Zamparelli also left the station, saying goodbye on Friday.

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