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. tim

    Every day we have a $5 pool to guess which Republican will say something to promote hatred or incite violence. That's the easy part.
    The winner must guess which person will try to walk it back...

    March 3, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. BoogerFree

    He's old, he's senile, he's wrong.

    March 3, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. saftgek

    Rush Limbaugh apologized for one reason: his sponsors forced him to do so. Anyone who believes there is one sincere cell in his corpulent form knows nothing about this vile, vicious, arrogant being.

    I truly hope Ms. Fluke rejects Rush Limbaugh's phony apology, and all civilized people of our country boycott every sponsor of Mr. Limbaugh's disgusting broadcast.

    March 3, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. harleybike

    i don't like rush limbaugh, but his comment was not off base. insensitive? yes. but not off base.

    March 3, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. anon24

    This man is a disgrace to America. He meant what he said. He proved that by the "just send me the videos" comment. We all know he is drug addicted moron. Did his insurance pay for all his illegal prescription drugs? How about his Viagra? Women should not have to explain or defend themselves against fools like this. Good-bye Rush. You will not be missed by most Americans.

    March 3, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  6. Lenny Pincus

    Yeah, right. He doubled down the day after, but now, after sponsors are leaving him, he apologizes. What's funniest is all the dopes who twisted themselves into knots supporting this overweight drug addict. Congratulations on your collective inability to tell right from wrong.

    March 3, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. Skeptical

    So, Rush was just attempting to be funny? Right. And, can he explain how he's had 4 wives and no children? Hmmm ... couldn't be because of, oh, say, birth control? Either that, or there IS a god and we're not being inflicted with Baby Rushes!

    March 3, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. luvUamerica

    Thank you Rush. Now can you please say like you mean it? I know your sponsors are forcing you to do this, but can you please say it, like you really mean it?

    Thanks...

    Sincerely,

    A Father of a Daughter

    March 3, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. erik

    "Sincere" apology? Yeah... sure. How can people not see that the Hard Right is quite literally crazy?

    March 3, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. Seattle Sue

    Rush Limbaugh is a big fat sack of MITT. Sandra Fluke has more courage than Limbaugh, Romney, Santorum, Paul and Gingrich all put together. It will be a sad day in our history if any of these candidates should happen to win the Presidency.

    March 3, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. Dan5404

    He's a liar, of course, but when it cost him sponsors, he saw the money,,.er, writing on the wall. He is an embarrassment to the civilized world.

    March 3, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. Stating the obvious

    He is an idiot.

    March 3, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  13. JD

    Wow Rush, you're sort of going Palin here. Mugging for attention about a non issue. Excellent in Broadcasting my ass.

    March 3, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  14. jacola

    This air bag is a disgusting pig and a sub-human. He takes the opportunity of an apology to flatter himself ( "I created a national stir").

    March 3, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  15. Jeepers

    Hasn't he been married like 4 times with NO children of his own? That means he has been the recipient of birth control, quite frequently. Either that or he shoots blanks. Which is it, Rush?

    March 3, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. Insolidaritywithwomen

    The insincerity of this apology only deepens the original insult: 1) we just didn't get RL's supposed humor and 2) he's losing sponsors fast. How long will his dwindling audience be fooled?

    March 3, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. Lanai

    The was one of the lamest non-apology apologies I have heard in a long time. More proof this pathetic-excuse-for-a-human-being is full of himself.

    March 3, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. PuzzledInPeoria

    Only apologizes when sponsors threaten to cancel. He is a bully with a microphone, and it's a psychological fact that bullies have no empathy for their victims.

    March 3, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. Bdub

    After he loses sponsors, magically contrite.

    March 3, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. NFL1

    Why should we believe him – he's just in hot water and says what he thinks he has to – REVOLT, Advertisers...please pull the plug on this piggy windbag!

    March 3, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. JD

    Here's how you apologize people. You say 'I'm sorry, I was wrong." Here's a better idea, think about what you're saying before the stupid comment comes out.

    March 3, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. Jean Sartre, Milwaukee, WI

    Empty words from the world's most corpulant and crudest drug addict!

    March 3, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. ML

    Rush is only sorry because he is losing advertisers over this. He is a disgusting pig.

    March 3, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. Debbie from Arizona

    This man owes an apology, not only to Ms. Fluke, but to all women, in general. Personally, I wouldn't accept his apology, if it came gift wrapped. I feel the only reason he is apologizing at all, it because his sponsors are pulling out on him.

    March 3, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. Andrew

    Remember the "nappy-headed ho's" comment made by Imus? He was fired, fined, etc. Why is Limbaugh not bound by the same code?

    March 3, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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