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. Chris

    The ONLY reason why Rush apologized was because he was losing sponsors, and therefore losing money.

    March 4, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Judy

    e's is a prime example of what's wrong with this country. He makes me pysically ill. A few more oxy's and maybe he'[ll
    open up.
    "

    March 4, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. W Canelos

    Right Rush is sorry. Dogs fly & cats bark too

    March 4, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Richard

    Humorous? Really? Flush Rush!

    March 4, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. NameGene

    Resogn next

    March 4, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. MaryM

    Has anyone on this blog talk to a person right after they've listen to Rush. The hate spewing from them is alarming, and I'm talking about educated sometimes religious people. Rush needs to be held accountable. Rush, you day of reckoning has come.

    March 4, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. Haterade

    Ed and Paul, you're welcome to join us on earth when you're ready.

    March 4, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. Evelyn Mills

    His mother should have practiced birth control or at least tossed him in the trash..He is one of the most crudest ,creeps fouling Americas airwaves.

    March 4, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. Allyria

    She's a law student, she should sue the fat slob for slander or libel.

    The First Amendment does not give you the right to say whatever you please. There is responsibility that comes with that freedom. But as Kirkegaard once said, "People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."

    March 4, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. livingston

    The only reason he 'apologized' is because his sponsors are leaving. The public has made it clear that this was the last straw and they will not patronize a company that advertises on his show. Now or ever again. They would rather have the business then support a bigot.

    March 4, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. Shawn

    Imus was fired for "nappy headed ho", and rightfully so. Rushbo needs to go

    March 4, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. johnnieg

    Losing sponsers will make Rusg say anything!

    March 4, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. Radgast

    We have to pay for other reproductive services, such as pregnancies ect... when you think about the problems in the world birth control makes sense. We already have too many people, there is already problems with enough energy and food, as our population is excellerating beyond the planets capacity, we even give tax credits for having children. On global perspective, I think this is a an approach that puts our fundamental drive to substain humans down a less dismal course.

    March 4, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. erich2112x

    Jokers like Limbaugh and Hannity, secretly, deep down , need Obama to win or their entertainment radio shows are dead. They bring in the biggest listening audiences when democrats are in office.

    March 4, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. Liz the First

    Wow, Rush, you going all human being on us? nah, not to worry, somebody just hit him in the wallet hard enough to get his attention. he got caught saying what rethugs really think and they freaked. he doesn't need to shut up and go away, he's the window into the sickness that is the rethug ideology. that window needs to be open so we can see what's trying to run this country, run it into the ground, that is.

    March 4, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. A Woman in Detroit

    Jeff in Atlanta-
    1. I hope you don't have daughters.
    2. Next time, why not try including some facts rather than "way high".
    3. How do you know birth control costs $9 at Wal-Mart? And what type, exactly, would that be?
    4. Thanks again for the continuing proof that this "Idiocracy" is in full effect.

    March 4, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  17. Brock

    These articles are incorrect when they state the debate is over whether employers should pay for employees' birth control. The issue is whether employees should be able to REMOVE birth control coverage from employees' insurance coverage on religious or philosophical grounds. The coverage, historically, has always been there, these people want to remove the existing medical benefit. Let's be clear on this please.

    March 4, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  18. Tom Kennedy

    Not only is Limbaugh a fluke he's a pathetic, fat, affront to mankind POS. Too bad there are so many sick followers in this world.

    March 4, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. zanny

    The only reason he apologized is someone gave him a choice – apologize or you will be fired. Does he mean it – do pigs fly?? When they do, he will mean it. The damage has been done. Pull your ads aponsors and get this bottom feeding hate monger off the air. Way to go Republicans you have a great leader of your party! I promise you any Republican who criticizes him will hear it in the next few weeks.

    March 4, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  20. Ames

    Pick your poison. Mr. Limbaugh had a substance abuse problem. His insurance company paid for the rehab facility. That is a self induced problem is it not? His lifestyle, his problem.... Well folks, it seems when an issue doesn't directly affect us, we can be extremely quick to judge. That is the point. Everyone can disagree with what they see as the opposition. I went to see by reading her testimony what could be so outrageous to cause such a fervor in Limbaugh and O'Reilly. Guess what, nothing. In her testimony she put together her words without name calling or being disrespectful to the opposition. It is a shame that others could not. Have we not come any further than this as a society? What a shame.

    March 4, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  21. Tom Kennedy

    kutat...I agree. He'd be looking for his head if that were my sister.

    March 4, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. Brock

    Also, Rush Limbaugh is a radio comedian. Journalists are also being inaccurate when they report this story as though Limbaugh is the chairman of the GOP or something. He's someone who tells jokes on the radio, why lavish false praise on him?

    March 4, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. Dave

    I am not sure why the press is giving Mitt a free pass on ducting Rush s comments.. He is another typical Republican who bows down to him.

    March 4, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  24. James Moulton

    I have been listening to Rush since 1993. I was very disappointed in his analogy and disagree with his point of view on this issue. But Rush is still MOSTLY right. He is insightful and thoughtful and more often than not on the cutting edge of political issues days and weeks ahead of the news cycle. I will keep listening to Limbaugh when I get the chance, but like most of his listeners, I have my own opinions and don't follow his every opinion like it was gospel. This time, Rush was wrong. Oh well. Noone is perfect.

    March 4, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  25. John

    That's Ok Rushie. We all know the drugs made you say it. Pop a couple more pills so we can see what other stupidity comes out from that foul mouth of yours. The real reason he's sorry is that the remark could end up costing him some bucks.

    March 4, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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