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. Sunil

    I guess there's no better reminder of what's right and what's not than sponsors pulling money away from your show.

    What an absolutely disgusting man.

    March 3, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Pat

    Does someone ALWAYS have to accept an apology, once it's given? Just asking - because I wouldn't accept his.

    March 3, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. Robert Johnson

    If there was not a huge outcry, do you think he would have reflected on what he said for even a moment?
    I don't either.

    March 3, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. Dan in Utah

    Rush is a junkie POS

    March 3, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Lisa

    I am glad he apologized. Maybe now we can concentrate on how to help the victims in the midwest and the south. My thoughts and prayers go out to my fellow Americans.

    March 3, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. Chris Epting

    Yeah, he was probably high on painkillers when he slandered a fine young law student.

    March 3, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. Lifelike

    Limbaugh is feeling the sting of sponsors pulling out. period. The fact that he doubled down on the second day continuing his attack means that he wasn't sorry and was trying to bulldog his way through the controversy. Now that he is getting from all sides and sponsors are dropping out of his network he is trying to do damage control.
    This is just another in a long history of insulting, asinine statements from Limbaugh. He needs to be fired.

    March 3, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Walter

    Oh the hypocricy of the left. They spew and scream over Limbaugh's comments, but when Bill Maher called Sarah Palin "the C word", they said nothing. Oh wait, that's right, since Palin is one of those nasty Republicans and Maher is one of those Hollywood Libs, it's alright.

    March 3, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. Tam

    He doesn't mean it. He was made to apologize. Why is he posing with the flag? He's desecrating it by being even near it!

    March 3, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. Groucho Marxist

    When Bozo speaks, 20 million clowns listen. Thankfully, his advertisers listened to the rest of us.

    March 3, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. ari

    rush limbaugh is a big fat idiot.

    March 3, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. No you di'int

    "I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.”

    Pull the other one, Rushbo; it's got bells on.

    March 3, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. winter

    too little too late, limpbaugh - your hatred is fully exposed.

    March 3, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Phypcriticus

    Well, say what you want about Limbaugh... But I never heard Bill Clinton apologizing to his "barely legal teen" intern for using his incredible position of power to take advantage of her; and then to call her a liar in front of the entire nation before he was proven to be a lying dirty old man.

    March 3, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. roscoe

    What a loser. His apology, I'm sure, is being coerced by the Koch bros & their like. But, thanks Rush for providing the democrats with all the campaign ads they need for the rest of the year.

    March 3, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. JohnnyInSNJ

    Rush is like North Korea. Sure he 'says' he's sorry to get what he wants (which is less pressure) but really, nothing changes with cats like him.

    March 3, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. brian in denver

    This "apology" is too feeble, too late. Your attempt at humor was overshadowed by the vitriol & I'm not sure who's funnier: you or the good judge in Montana. May you both enjoy your early retirement. You fools are handing the election to Obama on a platter!

    March 3, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. john locke

    Words are cheap for this man.
    An apology on a website hardly cuts it.
    Clearly he has no stones or else he would give his apology to her face-to-face

    March 3, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Jim

    Don't worry, Hannity will still leg hump you everywhere you go no matter what you say or do, best friends forever, aaawww..

    March 3, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Nathan

    Haha the advertisers pull out and Rush gets on his knees. Just another GOP tuff guy.

    March 3, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. king

    Ashy dam, we say what we really feel again. These folks just cannot accept that people just don't see the world.as.they use to. Lesson time still move, and as another generation comes things just wont be the same, the old generation would like it to be, but we cannot live the next generation life for them because we have lived ours, suck it up conservatives and drive on.
    .

    March 3, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. Craig

    Hogwash! Limbaugh meant every word of it, and now that his sponsors are leaving the show in droves, he is desperately trying to stop the exodous. Fire the man!

    March 3, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. whitmanguy

    "In an attempt to be humorous" = "In an attempt to get off on being piggishly insulting to a woman, I got caught out and I regret the latter but not the former, because it was fun for someone as meanminded and insecure as me."

    March 3, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. me

    She shouldn't accept his apology. He is only doing so because he is losing advertisers. He is just a poor excuse of a human being.

    March 3, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. RT

    He is only sorry that sponsers are putting pressure on him

    March 3, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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