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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  1. Christina

    It is one thing to believe in freedom of speech. It is another to use that freedom to hurt others. Such crudeness only serves to show how small the speaker is - and Rush Limbaugh has long been one of these. I feel sorry for his current wife.

    March 3, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Chris

    I typed that wrong. The plan is not subsidized by the school. It is completely paid for by the student

    March 3, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. Linda Kelly

    I do not believe he is sincerely sorry, I could not accept this mans apology!!!

    March 3, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. Ron in Asheville, NC

    Hmmm. Okay, apologize if you want. You should. But that "humorous" and "absurd" junk is nonsense. i have listened a lot to you, RL, and I would never dream of saying you trade on "humor" or use illustrative "absurdity." Two choices here, RL: either it's a phony apology, or you need to start listening to tapes of your shows.

    March 3, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. b

    too little too late, limbaugh is still a fat pig who thinks his s888 don't stink
    hey limbaugh, opinions are like a-oles, everybody has one and they all stink

    March 3, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. dmom

    I don't agree on the words that Rush used however I feel Ms. Fluke put herself out there for criticism. I feel Ms. Fluke was plant for the Democrats. I would like for her to prove with statistics on how birth control cost someone $1,000 a year. Ms. Fluke is not a typical college student (30 years of age!). What did the Democrats promise her to testify? Ms. Fluke if you are so concerned about women's health issues, why not concentrate on diabetes, heart disease, stress, cancer. Of all the things going on in our country and the President feels he needs to call and apologize to her!! Comeon how about apologizing to the families whose loved ones were killed in protecting our country. I am surprised he didn't invite her for a beer feast.

    March 3, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. heavyd

    Why haven't they fired this moron? WHY?

    March 3, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. sl

    Pretty low considering Rush is a slimeball drug addict that should have gone to jail like any other lowlife involved with drugs that gets caught.

    March 3, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    R . L. Call home!!!!!

    March 3, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. eScribe

    Limbaugh is a pathetic gas bag who makes more than the entire U.S. Senate combined by sowing seeds of discord, dividing people and stiring hatred. He, along with some cable news and talk radio personalities are complicit in trying to inflame the public on a daily basis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that is having an impact on people, especially those who are easily swayed by their rhetoric. People need to make note of those who bankroll Limbaugh's radio station and massively boycott their goods and services. Stop listening to these purveyors of hate. Stop enriching these malevolent men and women who enrich themselves at the expense of others. Run these slimeballs out of the business.

    March 3, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. Stu

    Once, again, Limbaugh has lied about what Ms. Fluke testified about. Either he did not actually listen to her testimony, or he has chosen to ignore it and continue to lie in order to pander to the far right extremist Christian population in this country that believes they have the right to control all matters applying to women. These people, like Mr. Limbaugh, do not deserve to be citizens of this country as a result of their hate-mongering toward women, gays, minorities and the poor. I say to you, directly, you are the lowest form of humanity in this country. You would keep women enslaved by denying them healthcare that they choose, whether paid for by the government or by their own means; you would deny them equality in the workplace by refusing to see that they are paid equally with men doing the same job; you would force them to undergo medical procedures that you would not have done to men; you would deny them coverage for birth control, but not make the same demand that men cannot have Viagra paid for, or receive insurance coverage to treat erectile dysfunction. You are hateful people and are no more "Christian," as that term is understood, than the radical Muslims you rant against. You are the Taliban of America.

    March 3, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Dr Matrix

    This turd wasn't attempting humor. He belives his own stupidity and his followers take him more seriously than Jesus.

    March 3, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. Lindalou

    Yeah right Rush! The only thing you're sorry about is that it put you in a bad light even among members of the party you proclaim you represent. Even they want to distance themselves from you on this.

    March 3, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. Alix

    Would you have bothered to apologize if people hadn't gone after your sponsors?

    March 3, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. MidwestElitist

    No one will be fooled by this so-called apology. Notice he only "chose the wrong words," but does not retract the outrageous sentiment he expressed for three days. Rush is only "sorry" that 20 million people signed up to the "Boycott Rush" cause.

    March 3, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Independent jim

    this just shows what the republican party leaders think about women

    March 3, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. Sarah

    She wasn't even discussing "personal s_xual recreational activities" – she was talking about a friend who had to suffer ongoing pain and surgery because she couldn't get affordable hormonal birth control! Limbaugh is pathetic and this "apology" isn't worth the breath he used to make it. He's only having to eat crow because his sponsors are pulling out.

    March 3, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. Stephen Rushford

    I do not in any way approve of what this idiot said. That said, Rush is a shock jock and he was doing his job, if you do not like what shock jocks say, do as I do, DON'T LISTEN to them. Rush Limbaugh is likened The infamous Howard Stern or Imus. get over it.

    March 3, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Wendy

    Rush was afraid more sponsers would pull out. willard always commenting from behind

    March 3, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. Donkey Party

    He meant every word he said, and his apology is as phony as the entire GOP.

    March 3, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. pazke

    He doesn't sound sorry to me. Just damage control because top Republicans threw him under the bus.

    March 3, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. Alec

    Quite the attempt Rush, but as usual, you failed.

    This dinosaur should be taken out to pasture and shot.

    You're a horrible hypocrite, with zero redeeming qualities, and you dare attempt to slander someone?

    If there were a god, which surely there isn't, since an abomination such as you is allowed to exist, you'd be destined for the flames of Hades.

    March 3, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. Puce

    Too little too late from a person who keeps making the same mistakes time and again.
    It's time to retire and make room for more balance opinions.

    March 3, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. 13Directors

    He's sponsors must have come down hard on him. No other way to explain his apology.

    March 3, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Too bad we lost Breitbart yet we still have this obnoxious pig.

    March 3, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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