When it comes to the conservative media, there are few names who can be considered “top tier”: Hannity, Beck, and Wallace come to mind, but they all pale in comparison to a singular persona.
I’m speaking, of course, about Rush Limbaugh, who has spent decades on-the-air, espousing the tenets of American conservatism and reinvigorating the national political discussion with fresh, hot takes on everything from baseball too Bill Clinton…and back again.
Now, in a sad turn of events, Limbaugh has been forced to make an unfortunate admission to his fans.
Talk radio king Rush Limbaugh stunned his 20-million member audience Monday with the announcement he’s been diagnosed with “advanced lung cancer.”
The 69-year-old conservative talk pioneer closed his broadcast with the grim news, saying he will be leaving his golden EIB microphone for treatment, but hopes to return later this week.
“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming,” Limbaugh said. “I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me… one thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me.”
The radio icon then told his audience that his job has provided him with the “greatness satisfaction and happiness” of his life.
“So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you. It’s a struggle for me because I had to inform my staff earlier today,” he said. “I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”
Limbaugh’s commitment to be back on the airwaves soon is certainly an optimistic take on the diagnosis, and the American people are wishing for his speedy recovery.