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.”

– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

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. Shannon

    His sponsors are fleeing, and his apology statement was filled once again with attacks and lies. I just e-mailed another sponsor to let them know I won't be using them any time soon. Rush and his followers are disgusting racists, bigots and women haters, it's just that simple.

    March 3, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Bellezur R Dogg

    Humor? Limbaugh has a very strange sense of humor. Humor does not denigrate..

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

    Rush
    Is a a fat, stupid idiot!

    end of story

    March 3, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. ethandy

    Sorry Rush. It's not the word choices. It's the sentiment.

    March 3, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. larry

    Rush! Wants forgiveness,Anyone who reads the bible Mr. Limbaugh knows there is forgiveness but there still remains the consquences of your sin.Your forgiven but your not let off the hook.King David was quick to sin and quick to repent but he always had to deal with out comes of his wrong doings.Lets see true repentance.Go and sin no more.

    March 3, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. S Bradley

    It's amazing how Limbaugh can backpedal and thinks that everything in okay. I say he's taken off the air permanently, the venom he spews on a daily basis is deadly. The women of the world deserve and we demand respect. It's about time the people turn his microphones off by boycotting anyone who advertises on his show, let's all hit them in their pockets.

    March 3, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Nanci

    Way to little to late

    March 3, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Napoleon Blownapart

    How does this blow-hard even have an audience? Don't people remember he lost hearing due to Oxycontin addiction? Do you know much dope you have to take to effect your auditory sense? A whole lot. A mother load. This guy jumped the shark years ago. PRO TIP to Republicans: alienating women is not going to get you very far. Remember when you were the party for fiscal conservatism, small gov. and liberal rights? Me neither. Abe Lincoln would lose his mind at the current state of the GOP. You've been hijacked by religious freaks and fundamentalists. I would add Wall St. to the aforementioned list but both parties are S.l.u.t.s for that crowd.

    March 3, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. bp

    Surprisingly quick and gracious apology from Limbaugh. While he may be many things, stupid is not one of them.

    March 3, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. AW

    Hey look folks. I didn't think I'd lose any sponsors over this. But I need my oxy, and that requires lots of money so...

    March 3, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Cadwazzo

    Rush's pee brain at work again. Wow!! When is everyone is going to learn this guy hurts this country. Extreme views and fighting to the bitter end without compromise is just a uneducated bully tactic. I think he needs to lose about half his advertisers on his talk show, he has already lost a couple of them, that's the only reason he apologized. He meant everything he said and it goes to show there is not much up stairs but a mean dumb a$$.

    March 3, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. Sara

    Rush only apologized because the Republican party and sponsors of his program pressured him to. It was not sincere! He is the lowest of the low. Republican women stand united against degradation of women.

    March 3, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. Steve

    The man is a looser no matter what. He has no control over his mind or his mouth.

    March 3, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. martin

    That's not an apology. That's an excuse.

    March 3, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. BradKT

    Next topic after the Limbaugh apology:

    Hell freezes over!

    March 3, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. walkthetalk2

    How can anyone take an insult seriously from some fat, pill-popping racist?

    March 3, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. J Roby

    The sincerity of pig boy's apology is underwhelming. Sounds like he's lost a few sponsors of late.

    March 3, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. jboh

    LIAR !

    March 3, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. bassman

    When will our media shame Bill Maher into apologizing to Sarah Palin for his denigrating attacks? When will our media shame Mike Tyson into apologizing to Sarah Palin for his violence against women attack on Palin? Why is there no headlines like a "war on women", when conservative women are attacked?"

    March 3, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. Carol

    Miss Fluke does it hurt less to be apologized to after three days of being a public image of a bad girl in every news paper in America, and probably Europe, too?

    March 3, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. Dixie Independent voter

    A rather limp attempt at humor and a flaccid apology, Mr. Limbaugh.

    March 3, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. JPO

    In other words he didn't change his opinion. He just would have said if differently. What a pompous a$$.

    March 3, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. nancy

    Way too late for your very insincere apology Mr. Limbaugh. You are simply worried that you are losing financial support for your negative and frequently slanderous radio talk show.

    March 3, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. midwestrail

    Horse hockey. He got his free publicity, just like he wanted.

    March 3, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. michele foley

    too late, rush! we already knew who you were. we just didn't know how low you could sink. those sponsors pulling out hurt, huh?

    March 3, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59