Limbaugh apologizes for ‘slut’ comment
March 3rd, 2012
06:12 PM ET
2 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. MaryM

    Limbaugh apologizes for calling Sandra a s . But the damage is already done. Damage to his Brand and damage to the Republican party. America is no longer the "good ol boys club" of the past.

    March 3, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. Sue

    I call BS! He only apologized because he was losing sponsors left and right.

    March 3, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  3. Ken

    I would have prefered Limbaugh dressing up in a pig costume and getting on all fours but whatever.....

    March 3, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Eric

    His "apology" is a piece of crap ... just like Limbaugh himself. Oops ... I didn't mean that ... I truly apologize for my choice of words.

    March 3, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. Ed Peters

    Poor choice of words? You gotta be kidding me. The only apology acceptable from this guy would be if he was suspended from broadcasting in any media for at least 5 years! I know I will go out of my way to avoid doing any business with any company who sponsors him, and would of course not vote for anybody who does anything short of calling for his suspension! YMMV

    March 3, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. Paul in WI

    China "Offers" free abortions for female fetuses and 2nd pregnancies. It always seems to be a "Highly personal matter" . . . Until the father disappears, and mom and child live at taxpayers' expense!

    March 3, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. Martin Walters Seattle

    Now please, just how many of us really believe the Rush Limbaugh apology was sincere? Maybe if he proves it by going into counseling or drug rehab again..........

    March 3, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. Ken

    I would have prefered Limbaugh dressing up in a pig costume and getting on all fours.

    March 3, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. lily

    fine apology, for ms fluke. one "sorry" down, 150,000,000 more apologies to women and girls of the united states to go!

    March 3, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. gerardNam e

    I agree that taxpayers should not foot the bill for anyone's personal needs.I don't expect anybody else to pay for my budweiser.

    March 3, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. xvet

    Sounds like somebody got hit were it hurts, in the pocketbook.

    xvet

    March 3, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. Trent

    Limbaugh is a disgusting, slimeball, drug addict, who probably engages in intercourse with animals. Nothing personal, Rush! Just combating absurdity with absurdity, right?

    March 3, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. BlackDynamite

    Publicity stunt #5284522
    BD

    March 3, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    So he hasn't apologized at all for defaming her; he's only apologizing for the specific words he used to defame her. This is a half-apology at best.

    In the meantime, all the non-extremist rightwingers in America are seeing how truly bankrupt, morally and intellectually, these GOBP propagandists are.

    March 3, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. Steven

    "in the attempt to be humorous" Are you kidding!? He was totally serious in his remarks. Not sure if he has a humorous bone in his body. Trying to cover his fat a$$.

    March 3, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. nothing new here

    It is time for the GOP to tell Rush to "hit the road".

    March 3, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. jocko

    Guess the sponsors decided you were a POS and you needed a lesson.

    March 3, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This doesn't change the way this twisted guy thinks. His tirades have nothing to do with morality or ethics, they are always about money and who is putting money behind him. After all, it was Rush himself who said he would be stupid to run for president when it only paid $400,000 per year, and the American public will pay him $52,000,000 per year to rant and rave on radio.

    March 3, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. Ana Koenig

    Apologizing for just the words and not the message is a non-apology. Try again.

    March 3, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. Howard

    Heck, even that racist Montana federal judge did a more convincing apology than this flaming gas bag.

    March 3, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. layo24

    Insert Foot Here>>>Rush's Mouth

    March 3, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. pockaleelee

    Too late and too insincere, lardlad. I'll STILL boycott any business which advertises on this lying hypocrite's 'show'. He should be FIRED.

    March 3, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. David1225

    It was the right thing to do. And it reveals that he does have a point: a law student requiring that we subsidize her need for contraception? Really? It's a bit absurd, as is the coverage of Viagra - although at least that relates to a disorder. We need to trim down what's covered so that essential medical services for illnesses and medical disorders are not undercut by a diversion of resources to birth control and erectile dysfunction.

    March 3, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. TMG22

    Why is he an "entertainer" when it suits him and other Republicans but the 'VOICE" of the party the rest of time. I sure didn't here anything about him being an entertainer when he criticizes Obama!! Republicans brag about he speaks for us until he makes stupid ass statements!!

    March 3, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. vs101

    The degenerates who feed on hatred, ignorance and greed have made people like Limbaugh filthy rich by gleefully lapping up his daily dose of bile. The fact that repulsive vermin like Limbaugh can thrive is testament to the kind of people who live in this society.

    March 3, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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