Limbaugh apologizes for ‘slut’ comment
March 3rd, 2012
06:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Limbaugh apologizes for ‘slut’ comment

(CNN) - Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh apologized Saturday for calling Sandra Fluke a "slut" this week after the Georgetown law student advocated for contraception coverage in a Democratic hearing.

“My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir,” Limbaugh said in a statement on his website. “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”

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Limbaugh made the original comments Wednesday, in which he also suggested Fluke wanted taxpayers to pay for her to have sex.

"What does it say about the college co-ed [Sandra] Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says she must be paid to have sex?" Limbaugh asked. "What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex."

His remarks set off a major outcry, prompting top Republicans and Democrats alike to denounce the famed talk show host.

President Barack Obama called Fluke on Friday to offer his support, while Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum labeled the comments as “absurd” and Ron Paul described them as “crude.” Mitt Romney said Limbaugh's words were "not the language I would have used."

But Limbaugh repeated his comments during his show on Thursday and Friday, even taking them further to suggest that women who accept free contraception should film themselves having sex so taxpayers could watch.

In his apology Saturday, Limbaugh said he disagrees with the notion that contraceptives should be covered under federally backed health insurance plans, saying he finds it “absurd” that Americans are “discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress” and argued taxpayers should not “pay for these social activities.”

But Limbaugh admitted Saturday his choice of words referring to Fluke were “wrong.”

“For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.”


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soundoff (1,459 Responses)
  1. Laurie

    FIRE HIM NOW! Somebody with guts in the Republican Party needs to stand up to this disgrace of a human being.

    March 3, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Matt Geuther

    Sandra Fluke should sue Rush Limbaugh for defamation of character. If Don Imus had done this he would have been fired, again.

    March 3, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. TheMagusNYC

    Rush again is maliciously twisting the facts, attempting to portray use of contraceptives as recreational rather than life-saving and abortion preventing, with a legitimate major role in health care.

    March 3, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. Chuck Boiman

    He should have been fired! Are you serious? That's like saying the N word for goodness sake. I'm not going to patronize any companies that he represents. Unless I'm on my deathbed.

    March 3, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. eScribe

    Limbaugh is a pathetic gas bag who makes for that the entire U.S. Senate combined by sowing seeds of discord, dividing people and stiring hatred. He along with cable news and talk radio are complicit in trying to inflame the public on a daily basis 24 hours day, 7 days a week that is having an impact on people, especially who are easily swayed by their rhetoric. People need to make note those who bankroll Limbaugh's radio station to massively boycott their goods and services. People need to stop buying their books that peddle everyday to enrich themselves at the expense of American people and those these purveyors of hate target everyday.

    March 3, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. Alex

    Is this loud mouth, pill popper still on the air? Do people still take him seriously?

    March 3, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. Canukman

    So he is a "famed talk show host"????? In Canada, at best, he is considered infamous and, at worst, a dangerous lunatic and one of the best reasons you will never find a bible belt in my country

    March 3, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. woodin

    Rush is sorry for the loss of advertisers and the GOP attention. Little too late.

    March 3, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Limbaugh's a dimwit

    Why do we even care or listen to what ass clowns like Rush Limbaugh?

    March 3, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. teacher

    Sincere apology – I don't think so. It is more like trying to save his sponsors and his radio show. Rush should be fired. Imus was for his "attempt at humor."

    March 3, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. Amy from Seattle

    Rush should learn a lesson from his pal Andrew Bretbart. Hate kills

    March 3, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. Rock Maker

    insincere

    March 3, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Mary

    Thank you Rush and Santorum and Romney and Gingrich and Blout and Boehner and all the rest of you Republican men for waking up the women voters...now, finally we have some progressive enthusiasm! It is going to be a great election cycle now!

    March 3, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. Arrow

    Rush Limbaugh is a prescription drug addict. He may be "recovered," but he spent YEARS with insurance covering a large part of his habit. How does he have any moral standing to say anything about medical issues at all, ever? He is not entertaining in any way except by demonstrating how an unhinged mind filled with hatred can scapegoat his own failings on anyone different.

    March 3, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. My Business

    Limbaugh's "apology" is a bigger joke than anything aired during his radio show. He's sorry, all right - sorry that his disgusting diatribes about Sandra Fluke cost him some of his precious advertising dollars.

    March 3, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. sukatra

    Oh Rush, you absolutely DID mean it as a personal attack. if I were Ms. Fluke I would sue you for slander, and would have no problem proving malicious intent. Jerk.

    March 3, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Victoria

    Sounds like Rush is worried he'll get "Becked" and lose so many sponsors his show disappears. This is not an apology. It's a desperate attempt to protect his million$.

    March 3, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Boycott

    Sounds like too many sponsors pulled their ads.

    March 3, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. Mark

    It doesn't matter if he FINALLY apologized, he did some good damage. We dems don't need Rush's help to have a landslide this election, but it's nice to know he is crass enough to do this. 8 million more women than men voted in the 2008 election, with a solid majority voting for Obama. That was before the War on Women. Just change the Shakespeare quote to the plural for the republican party......"Hell hath no fury like "women" scorned"
    THANKS RUSH

    March 3, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. cnnBull

    Limbaugh has created so much hatred and brought this nation's civility lower and lower over the years. Even some terrorists couldn't achieve this.

    March 3, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. Chadrock

    Advertisers pulling commercials from his show have nothing to do with his apology. His words today are sincere and he will never again attack someone so viciously. He was just teasing anyway. Honest.

    March 3, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. Hector Franco

    This must have hurt Limbaough to no end.....to have to apologize to the young woman. But let no one misunderstand, he did not do this because his conscience bothered him. He was forced to by the reaction that he caused. I would much better have preferred that he go out with his guns blazing. Either way....Limbaugh has lost his mojo.

    March 3, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. Chris

    Interesting thing about the whole situation, If you actually take the time to read a transcript of her testimony Ms. Fluke mentions more than once that the health care policy is completely paid for, unsubsidized, by the school. So why is anyone else upset. She's paying for her health care plan, it's paying for contraceptives–NOT the taxpayer.

    March 3, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. Randy B.

    I cannot believe that Mr. Limbaugh is sorry for what he said, He's only sorry that even his most ardent dittoheads didn't blindly follow his lead like the lemmings they usually are. Many women take birth control medication for reasons OTHER than prevention of pregnancies.

    March 3, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  25. ana

    I am a tax payer, I dont take contraception, but if someone else want to take it, I dont mind paying for it. It's women's right to chose period.

    March 3, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
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