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.”


Filed under: Congress • Health care • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (1,459 Responses)
  1. wittynotes

    Contraception pills are used for various (medical) reasons. Preventing a pregnancy is only one of them.

    March 3, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  2. onlyfacts61

    Rush will be back at it on Monday. Different story, different rant, different absurd assault, same ol' Rush, same ol' followers!

    March 3, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  3. J. Bates

    Has Rush ever been funny, other than the fact that he IS a joke?

    March 3, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  4. mari-beth

    Rush Limbaugh you are a disgusting PIG and that is an insult to pigs. you have no clue what women face in their health issues. you need to get a clue before you open that big fat mouth of yours. didn't like you and your opions before like you even less now if that is possible. go back under the neanderthal rock you came from!

    March 3, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  5. sharon

    2 little, 2 late and 2 unsincere.

    March 3, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  6. Bill Edmunds

    The only reason he's apologizing is because he doesn't want to lose any sponsors.

    March 3, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. bert

    Wow. . must have been MAJOR backlash that we haven't heard about yet, if Rush has been forced into an apology.

    I really don't buy it, based on what I know of the man, he said it to provoke a reaction - meaning he knew EXACTLY what he was saying.

    (ESPECIALLY since he doubled-down on the comments on Thursday & Friday)

    but still, nice he attempted an apology, so I'll give him credit for realizing he created a backlash against himself, and trying to make it right.

    March 3, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  8. jimzcarz

    Another Carnival Barker that needs to be outted. Rush is an embarrassment and a hypocrite. He was probably was having a good oxycotin day and got a little wound up.

    March 3, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  9. Bear

    Good luck getting your advertisers back, Mr. hate speech.

    March 3, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  10. jk

    Don't you have any decency, RL?

    March 3, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  11. martin cavanaugh porter

    How does this man have a national following? By what alice-in-wonderland world have we found ourselves that this buffoon is a nationally syndicated radio host? He spits venom and clearly disdains women.

    March 3, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  12. HRMA

    "Attempt to be humorous".

    My first reaction was "how did I know he'd try to say it was a joke?". My second was "remind me why this idiot still matters to anyone?"

    March 3, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  13. FlyOnTheWall

    Rush Limbaugh is a radical, and a hypocrite; few nice americans care what he has to say.

    March 3, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  14. zlul

    While Rush went about it in the usual way, he is right. So Georgetown doesn't offer contraceptives. Big deal. You can call the DC health department up and they'll gladly deliver free condoms and lube to your doorstep at no charge. Its not like these girls or guys have no other options out there too them.

    March 3, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  15. He's an entertainer

    yep. he just gets his red-meat eating listeners going. No facts. No legitimacy. Just an entertainer.

    March 3, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  16. Cooper

    Hell, he knew what he was saying. I wouldn't accept his apology if it was up to me. I am sure he said it after so many sponsors dropped his show. Good riddance and don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. Don't you need to go to your doctor to get a refill on your pills? No not that doctor, that doctor.

    March 3, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  17. Moon over Parma

    He got hit where it hurt, the advertisers. First Susan G. Komen, then SOPA, now this. The internet is the most powerful tool the people have.

    March 3, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  18. natguy1

    Mitt Romney really has not core...out of all of the statements that decried Limbaugh, Romney's was the most tepid...I can't wait for him to lose and go away

    March 3, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  19. Joseph

    Rush Limbaugh continued on for several days with his assault on this lady. Now that advertisers are pulling from his show, he is apologizing for his "word choice." Yet he went on and on attacking her for days – this is not a simple slip of the tongue. Rush is simply pathetic....

    March 3, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  20. karina

    Humorous? He wouldn;'t know what humor was if it slapped him in the face. He is full of anger, contempt and vile. He will follow Breitbart unless he changes his tune....Pretty sure he is on blood pressure medication. Quite impossible that he isn't with such pent up anger. Rush is an idiot, albeit an idiot that has figured out how to attract the rest of the idiots and make money doing so. When he's gone from the national picture, I will say "good riddance"!

    March 3, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  21. NoKidding

    Yeah, Rush. Why don't you just be honest and say: "OK, now that I've got myself the free publicity I wanted, I apologize". You're the lowest form of life.

    March 3, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  22. humberto

    Big deal, she got a call from the black founding father – now how did that start – the fall of Apairthied in Africa, while Bush/Reagan and others, bamboozeled the country concerning what was already criminal .

    March 3, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  23. ralph malph

    sue!!! sue!!! sue!!!

    March 3, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  24. William dodge

    What ever kick him out of this country go move to Israel rush dum-ass

    March 3, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  25. NIkta

    That's not an apology – that's reloading. Try again.

    March 3, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
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