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. PorkNBeans

    Limbaugh is a f'ing pig and I make no apology for that truth.

    March 4, 2012 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  2. Teo

    Rush's words are a bit out of line. For one he does not the person therefore he should not pass personal judgement. However his point is valid, we should not have to pay for contraception, actually the Obama care should not exist, which is the main point that should be maid. No one has the right to others money!

    March 4, 2012 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  3. John

    Someday the world will be rid of this pompous, monstrous aberration of humanity.

    March 4, 2012 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  4. Skipper

    The only reason this guy remains relevant is because people get bent out of shape whenever this shock jock says something intentionally incendiary. He's an entertainer; treat him as such and he will fade to the insignificant stain that he truly is.

    March 4, 2012 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  5. sophie

    He's sorry because his sponsors are pulling their funding.

    March 4, 2012 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  6. SSampson

    I am sure he is sincere..... I am confident it was the damage caused by his drug abuse that caused him to act in such a way – It likely caused permanent brain damage that resulted in an inability to make sense.... Of course the supporting evidence for this theory are the years of irrational dialogue we have heard uttered from him on his (ahem) 'radio' show

    Well – perhaps not – maybe it was just pressure from his sponsors.... I doubt he thinks he made any mistake here.... Only cowards bow to this type of pressure if they REALLY think what they say has merit – and this loudmouth IS a cowardly 'person' .... all talk – no backbone...

    March 4, 2012 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  7. crowtrob

    he's apologizing for losing sponsors, not for what he was told to say by the kock brothers

    March 4, 2012 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  8. jade

    Thank goodness this man has no children.

    March 4, 2012 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  9. Peter

    Sandra Fluke should sue this piece of crap for all she can get.

    March 4, 2012 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  10. Leonard Skinner

    Who got Limbaugh drunk enough to 'apologize"???

    March 4, 2012 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  11. Andy H.

    He's not sorry he said it, he's sorry that he got so much flack for it.

    March 4, 2012 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  12. Mike

    I've already started to adjust the buying habits of my family, my families famiy, and anyone else I can convince. For too many years Rush 8Ball has existed as something that we just "put up with" knowing that you just cannot talk sense to the fringe followers that he plays his music for. It's time now that he feels and impact financially and starts to act like an adult. I will do no business with anyone that sponsors Rush Limbaugh's show(s)...and since I sell a product that COULD include components of his sponsors products, that may amount to something. There are choices to make. Thanks Rush for getting me to the point of wanting to throttle your unhealthy spew.

    March 4, 2012 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  13. mauiharper

    Rush is not sorry about his language, he's sorry that there is backlash and his apology is insincere at best. Everybody who listens to him is guilty for supporting this drug-addicted, womanizing, fascist and keeping him in the spotlight.

    March 4, 2012 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  14. Richard Wood

    Apology? Really? After several days of specific ranting about this issue, its now all a joke? Hardly. The only funny part is his peretensions to being "absurd." How many uninformed people take his "absurdity" as mantra? And thats not absurd–its scary.

    March 4, 2012 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  15. Cameron

    He is a total hog and he represents the Republican party?This is not comedic or funny. This is what is wrong in our country.An apology doesn't continue the insults and vitriol. It should say you are wrong and sorry and his does not do that. Boot him off the air and quit giving him air time.

    March 4, 2012 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  16. buffalo

    This bloated gas-bag has got to be put out to pasture with his fellow wing-nut Glenn Beck. Another GOP lunatic, fanning the flames of bigotry, fear, and class warfare. This clown's time has passed.

    March 4, 2012 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  17. our politicians are bought off!

    Little too late. All sponsors should should pull away from his show. I am sick and tired of these blithering idiots that we call the "right-wing".

    March 4, 2012 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  18. Clephas from Austin, TX

    Nine out of ten, he realized his comments were going to hurt his pocketbook... Limbaugh has always seemed like the type who thinks that he is some kind of untouchable deity that can do no wrong... and so it took a while for him to realize he went too far, because he probably honestly thought it was impossible for him to go too far. In other words, he is so arrogant and narcissistic that he honestly believed he wouldn't get hit by his own for this, even when it was obvious he'd passed the bounds of what people are willing to tolerate, even in an extremist radio show host.

    March 4, 2012 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  19. The Jackal

    Go pop some more painkillers Rush. You're nothing but a fat blow hard hypocrite.

    March 4, 2012 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  20. Shawn Irwin

    May question is, did he have the decency to call her and apologize, or did he do it over the radio . . . if he just did it over the radio, he is a coward, and still has not manned up to his mistake. He is the one that made it personal, so the apology should be personal; otherwise it should not be accepted!

    March 4, 2012 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  21. Lynette DeNike

    It now appears that every major advertiser has dumped Rush except ProFlowers.

    ProFlowers is part of the publicly traded conglomerate, Liberty Media (http://www.libertymedia.com/). It turns out that Liberty Media owns an e-commerce marketplace named Provide Commerce (http://www.prvd.com/). It's based in San Diego. ProFlowers is part of that e-commerce marketplace, along with ProPlants, RedEnvelope, PersonalCreations, CherryMoonFarms, and Sharis Berries. With so many businesses targeting women for sales, it's surprising that ProFlowers would ignore Rush's egregious behavior.

    I wonder if a sudden, and continued, deep drop in sales for the six stores in their Provide Commerce mall would cause them to understand the significance of Rush's assault on women?

    March 4, 2012 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  22. Ralph

    Rush just talks to hear his own voice and people that listen to that crap for anything more than the comedy value just don't know how to think for themselves.

    March 4, 2012 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  23. Capt. Obvious

    He should not have apologized. This Jesuit trained woman is simply doing her job, that is, to stir up trouble and rally an offended group. That's what Jesuits do.

    March 4, 2012 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  24. aaron

    This "reformed' drug addict offers lies, hatefulness, and name calling as a form of entertainment, making obscene statements over and over. It's time for decent minded people to boycott all programming on his radio station entirely and boycott any companies that are sick enough to buy ad time on the station.

    March 4, 2012 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  25. Wendy

    Too little too late rush but liberals and women everywhere just want to thank you so much in getting president obama re-elected.

    March 4, 2012 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
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