Free Now ends sponsorship of Tommy Tiernan show over offensive joke

The company said it was disappointed with the comedian’s comments ‘regarding taxi drivers’ which one audience member described as racist

Free Now has ended its sponsorship of the Tommy Tiernan Show following a joke he has reportedly since apologised for. Picture: RTÉ

Free Now, the taxi-hailing platform, has cancelled its sponsorship of The Tommy Tiernan Show on RTÉ following a joke the presenter made about taxi drivers and Dublin Zoo.

The joke, which was made by Tiernan at a stand-up comedy gig in Vicar Street in Dublin, prompted Emer O’Neill, an RTÉ presenter, to walk out. She has since said she considered the joke to be “overtly racist”.

“As a recent sponsor of The Tommy Tiernan Show on RTÉ, we were disappointed about the comments made at his Vicar Street gig regarding taxi drivers,” Free Now said in a statement to the Business Post.