Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh stated on his show Monday that his battle with lung cancer has taken a turn for the worse, and that his condition is terminal.
Limbaugh was diagnosed with lung cancer in February and has missed several recordings of his popular The Rush Limbaugh Show in the past few months. On Monday, Limbaugh gave his listeners an update on his status: “The scans did show some progression of cancer.” Limbaugh continued, “It’s not dramatic, but it is the wrong direction.” Before this latest news, Rush Limbaugh had said that the cancer “had been reduced,” and that it had become “manageable.”
But despite looking like his condition was improving, Limbaugh on Monday took on a somber tone when discussing the new diagnosis. “It is cancer, it eventually outsmarts pretty much everything you throw at it.” Limbaugh also said, “It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over.”
President Trump joined Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning to discuss Rush Limbaugh’s turn for the worse. Trump stated, “He didn’t have exactly a great prognosis when he heard about it, and this is now taking it to the next level, what he said yesterday. But he is an incredible man, and that’s very sad to hear that. However, he will continue to fight. That’s the one thing I know about him. He’s incredible.”
Limbaugh has hosted The Rush Limbaugh Show for over thirty years. The show airs on almost 600 radio stations across the country, and since its syndication debut in 1988, it has consistently been one of the highest-rated talk shows in the United States. The Rush Limbaugh Show became a television show from 1992 to 1996, but Limbaugh admitted he loved his program as a radio show, and not as a television show.
Over the years, The Rush Limbaugh Show has featured an impressive lineup of visitors to the show. The Rush Limbaugh Show has had former presidents like President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, and other notable conservative politicians such as Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas all visit the show. Recently, in lieu of appearing for the second presidential debate, President Trump appeared on The Rush Limbaugh Show instead.
In 2018, Rush Limbaugh became the second highest-paid radio host in the world, making an average of $84.5 million per year, which ranks him only behind Howard Stern. Earlier this year, Rush Limbaugh renewed his current contract for an unspecified length, although according to Trump, the new contract runs for four years.
The Rush Limbaugh Show hasn’t been without its controversies over the years, including making controversial racial statements, claiming that various shootings were an attempt to smear the Republican Party, and saying that the 2010 eruption of an Icelandic volcano was God’s response to the Affordable Care Act getting passed. Most recently, Rush Limbaugh claimed that the COVID-19 pandemic was the common cold being used as a weaponized tool to bring down Trump.
The day after he announced that he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, Rush Limbaugh was Trump’s guest at his 2020 State of the Union Address. While there, Limbaugh was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is given to recognize people who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”