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. Eric Thompson

    Too little, too late, Rush. You can freely attack a concept or idea, but once you personalize it, watch out. I should sue you and FOX for foisting this crap upon the public!

    March 3, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  2. Oodoodanoo

    Translation: Advertisers, come back.

    March 3, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. CammieB

    Money talks and bullshhhhh walks. Sponsor dropping like flies will do it everytime. Don't believe me? Ask Glen Beck & Roger Ailes of FictionNews.

    March 3, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. Robin

    Yeah Rush but its alright if insurance companies pay for drug rehab, right? You are nothing but a slimebag. I wouldnt even spit on you.

    March 3, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. Imho2d

    Until the next time.

    March 3, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  6. Cindy

    I sincerely apologize to Mr. Limbaugh for calling him a Big Fat Idiotic Birth Control Pill. But HE is the reason none of his four wives ever had children.

    March 3, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  7. Rexdogcanadien

    Rush Limbaugh's intention was to besmirch Ms Fluke's character-which he knows nothing about. He needs to apologize, not to her, but to himself for being such a rude and disingenuous person. I hope he will take an introspective of his core values and their relationship with his bulling behavour.

    March 3, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Why is this idiot still relevant? Because no repub has the guts to tell him to shut up.

    March 3, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. Lance

    I think that if Rush is sincere he should resign. He didn't mean it as a joke. Just another one of his lies to cover up another screw up and he has a history of them.

    March 3, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  10. Mike

    Who's kidding who. Ofcourse you meant what you said. It didn't just slip. For once in your life, Limbaugh, man up!

    March 3, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  11. Tracey

    He's an ass and has always been an ass. And this is whom the republican party looks up too?!

    March 3, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  12. Rexdogcanadien

    Rush Limbaugh's intention was to besmirch Ms Fluke's character-which he knows nothing about. He needs to apologize, not to her, but to himself for being such a rude and disingenuous person. I hope he will take an introspective view of his core values and their relationship with his bulling behavour.

    March 3, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. Didi

    When I first heard this story, I thought he was referring to Sarah Palin!!!

    March 3, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. bill

    And now it is time for uhbama to apologize for his very offensive 'typical white person' statement.

    March 3, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. allourfault

    what an absolute tool, and a liar to boot. i'd pay to watch her punch him in the face.

    March 3, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. Steve Fielder

    The only thing Rush Limbaugh is sorry for is the lost revenue from the advertisers that pulled their commercials from his show. Does Mr. Limbaugh honestly expect anyone to believe his outrageous and disgusting comments were meant to be "humorous"? His three-day verbal assault on Ms. Fluke, and the hateful, condescending tone in which his comments were delivered, are proof-positive that he absolutely intended to INSULT and HUMILIATE Ms. Fluke, along with anyone else who believes as she does. Sorry, Rush, but your pathetic "apology" is too little, WAY too late!!

    March 3, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  17. BasilGanglia

    Rush Limbaugh is such a boring little twit. It's obvious also he's not getting any leg. He needs to create a stir every once in a while so he can feel important and worthy. He sucks as a human.

    March 3, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  18. Roy Rutherford

    "Did not mean a personal attack"??? That's even more absurd. Rush, you are a fat, hate mongering, nattering nabob of negativity. Nothing personal...

    March 3, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  19. Craig from Pa.

    Time for this idiot to go...far away...never to be seen or heard of again....absolute A$$,whole this guy has always been...and look at the money you idiots who idolize him provide for his lavish lifestyle...this guy is a first class BOZO and you followers are part of what's wrong with this country!

    March 3, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  20. Commentor 100

    Yeah, and I am so sorry that Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot.

    March 3, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. Uncle John

    he's not really apologizing to her. he's apologizing to whatever advertisers are on the fence and about to drop their ad campaigns with his show.

    March 3, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  22. David Myers

    This low excuse for a human being is not sincerely appologising. He is incapable of feeling true remorse. He is only following orders from his employer (Fox News) who in turn is only backtracking because of public denunciation.

    March 3, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  23. EE

    He's full of it and if anyone takes this as an apology they're in a sadder state in their life then he is, which I would say is a pretty hard place to be!

    March 3, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. Tommy Mack

    Stay classy republicans! Oh wait, that ship sailed...

    You know what's weird? Rush has had four wives and no children, but he's against contraceptives.... hmmm.

    Oh, did you know that contraceptives save the government a lot of money? Why does Rush want the government to spend more money?

    March 3, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  25. DoNotWorry

    Gotta love the arrogance of men who want personal recreational activities all the time but don't want women to have the same opportunities. Who is Rush thinking is going to have these activities with the men... other men? Never in the history of humans have men called other men dirty names because they want personal recreational activities... they save that for women.

    March 3, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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