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. Kevin O.

    Whatever Rush. You're fat and old.

    March 3, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. RillyKewl

    Change the station. Please!
    There is so much more informative, entertaining radio, podcasts, audiobooks...
    Giving this pig attention, only encourages him. Turn him off.

    March 3, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Morgan

    Too little, too late, El Rushbo.

    March 3, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    This guy is an idiot. The End.

    March 3, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. korkea aika

    Rush Limbaugh is not 'part of the problem'. To a great degree, he is the problem. Daily he tears down the ideal of 'American Brotherhood', preferring to 'separate and demean'.

    March 3, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    The face of the republican teaparty, return to republican moon base, Mr limpbag!!!

    March 3, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. parkpapa

    He says it and stands by it for three days, then apologizes. He is a worse 'flip-flopper' than Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum put together! The man is a self-inflated windbag who any decent sensible person should pay no heed to. He owes more than an apology – he should forfeit his privilege of filling the airwaves with his BS.

    March 3, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. VMJ

    This guy is an idiot. The End.

    March 3, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. SFC Mike

    Sure ya did, Rush, you just stepped in it, and rightly got called down for it, so now you're doing the lame pro forma backpeddle for damage control.

    March 3, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. glorydays

    Why on earth is this man allowed to stay on the air? He's an insult to intelligent human beings.

    March 3, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. Stymied

    Too little, too late. This man is a boil on the butt of humanity. In fact, I think he used that excuse to be exempted from the draft. I hope he just goes away, far, far away.

    March 3, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. TheMagusNYC

    Limbaugh is paid to be rude and bizarre, to feed the malcontents dissatisfied with their own lives, needing to strike out shamelessly at those of opposing views. The FBI could easily fill its "no-fly" list with his loyal listeners.

    March 3, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. matty r

    eh...although he had to apologize im actually really suprised he did.

    March 3, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. emt2er

    Misogyny, no wonder he can't keep a woman. Too easy to pick on women for political advantage.

    March 3, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. allens

    he always makes personal attacks, it his biggest attraction to the angry right. it was not only his choice of words, but expressing his vukgar view

    March 3, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. pastapharian

    whatever, Rush. You should really just s t f u already and go away.

    March 3, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Mary Elmistikawy

    There was no humor in the statements you made. Your apology is a failure ....idiot!

    March 3, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. Robert Pearson

    Tiger Woods fooled around and lost his sponsors. Other celebreties and said stupid things and lost their sponsors. Rush Limbaugh defmaes somone on to the Nationand his sponsors support him and he sontinues on air? A defamation suit should be filed against Rush, his networka nd his sponsors. Maybe if the lady in question files a suit for one hundred million dollars per listener the networks and sponsors will do the right thing. Get this man off the air. Now !

    March 3, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. Maggie

    This piece of vermin didn't apologize to anyone. Mthe backlash against him by decent Americans, his sponsors and even probably the GOP establishment forced his hand. Nothing more.

    March 3, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. pastapharian

    whatever, Rush. You should really just go away. You're destructive and derisive. You are part of what's wrong with this country today.

    March 3, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. Paula

    Oh pleeease !!!! He's not one bit sorry but I'm guessing his sponsors are taking a beating,

    March 3, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. earthmother

    I call BS. Rush most certainy DID mean to attack Ms. Fluke and he attacked a second time after the hurrah began. Hid insincere apology is nothing more than a ploy to get his sponsors back. He said what he meant the first time. He is a truly sick, hateful misogynistic queen.

    March 3, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. GTA

    Despite a lame apology, Rush tries to deflect criticism by claiming that his comments were meant to be satirical. So, now that he has characterized himself as a satirist, should we take anything he says the least bit seriously? What a buffoon.....

    March 3, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. Joe

    What the fat disgusting windbag offered was no apology to Fluke or to women. He is apologizing to his advertisers and his employer since the outcry and boycott is causing a lot of financial loss. EIB is scolding him. I just cancelled my membership to Carbonite. Keep the boycott up.....Finally, we can thank Rush for the big political gift that he has given to the Democrats. He apparently forgot that women vote.

    March 3, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Is this loud mouth, pill popper still on the air? People still take him seriously?

    March 3, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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