Watch: Limbaugh Faces Massive ‘Pay Cut’ Because People Haven’t Forgotten His Infamous ‘Slut’ Rant


Here’s a guy we haven’t heard from in a while: Rush Limbaugh is apparently still on the air in Right-Wing Radio Land. Although as one Weekly Standard and Politico conservative writer noted, that might be for longer — he’s either going to face a pay cut or give up the radio business entirely.

All because advertisers are still avoiding him like plague for calling Sandra Fluke a “slut.”

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Is this karma? Maybe, but it is certainly justice.

Radio Boycott

Eight years ago, Limbaugh signed a massive contract with Premiere Radio Networks. The total worth of the contract hovered around $400 million — an impressive figure for a man who sat on his ass all day and spouted right-wing BS.

But that deal is coming to an end, as all good things do, and Limbaugh’s parent network is still dogged by an advertisement boycott that’s been ongoing since Limbaugh attacked Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke on his radio broadcast. Her crime? He called her a “slut” and “prostitute” because she called on Congress to include contraceptive coverage in healthcare plans.

Since, you know, reproductive healthcare is healthcare.

Limbaugh, four years into his lucrative contract, ripped into her:

What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute,” Limbaugh bellowed. “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. What does that make us? We’re the pimps. The johns? We would be the johns? No! We’re not the johns. Yeah, that’s right. Pimp’s not the right word. Okay, so she’s not a slut. She’s round heeled. I take it back.

Of course, Limbaugh was quickly served some humility; while he apologized, 45 advertisers fled and never looked back, leaving syndicator Premiere Radio Networks with his big contract and less income to pay it with.

So now that the contract is coming to an end, Limbaugh is, at best, looking at a massive pay cut.

While speaking with writer Ethan Epstein on Sunday, CNN host Brian Stetler marveled at length at the boycott, asking if it was “rare” for such a boycott to have a long-term effect.

Epstein replied:

That’s exactly right, Brian. Four years ago is like an eternity in the media universe. I’m sure those people haven’t even thought of Sandra Fluke.

What’s amazing is that, after all of those companies came out and announced they were going to boycott the Limbaugh show, they stuck by it. They never came back for the most part, and that has had a serious deleterious effect on his business.

With his contract expiring, Epstein noted that Limbaugh was going to take a hit financially no matter where he goes afterwards.

And it wasn’t just Limbaugh, either, Epstein explained: Limbaugh’s remarks caused a ripple effect, and as a result, many companies decided to shy away from advertising on other conservative radio broadcasts  — cutting into their bottom lines, as well.

In short, good news all around.

Watch the video below:

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