Conservative talkshow host Rush Limbaugh announced on his radio program that Wednesday’s show would be his last of the year. During the program, Mr. Limbaugh gushed with gratitude for his listeners and his family, particularly his wife, Kathryn.
The emotional show, including heartfelt calls from grateful listeners, brought on a slew of social media posts from supporters commenting on the show, and their appreciation and love for Limbaugh.
“I have very much that I want to say to all of you today, and I’m feeling very pressured — not pressured. I’m feeling stage fright kind of thing. There’s so much I want to say, and I want to say it correctly,” Limbaugh prefaced his Wednesday show. “I want to convey my feelings, and I want to do it right. I want to do it to the best of my ability.”
Mr. Limbaugh detailed how his diagnosis of stage 4 terminal cancer in January shocked him.
“Well, back in late January when I received this diagnosis — and I was shocked,” he said. “I was stunned, and I was in denial for about a week. I mean, I’m Rush Limbaugh. I’m Mister Big of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. I mean, I’m indestructible. I said, ‘This can’t be right,’ but it was.”
“What I didn’t know at the time that I learned later in the course of the year was that I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October and then to November and then to December — and yet here I am. Today I’ve got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today. God’s with me today. God knows how important this program is to me today, and I’m feeling natural in terms of energy, normal in terms of energy, and I’m feeling entirely capable of doing it today.”
The conservative powerhouse spoke of the immortal words from baseball legend Lou Gehrig, who died from what’s now dubbed Lou Gehrig’s disease: “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
Limbaugh explained that he finally understands how sincere Gehrig was when he made such a remark, and how he feels the same today.
“I didn’t understand that,” he said. “I mean, here’s a guy who’d just been diagnosed with the most terminal of terminal diseases, and I said, ‘This can’t be real. He can’t really think he’s the luckiest guy in the world. This is just something that he’s saying because it will play well.’ I don’t mean to be insulting Lou Gehrig; don’t misunderstand. I’m just saying, how in the world, if you’re being honest, can you feel like you’re the luckiest man on the face of the earth?”
“I’ve been totally supported by virtually everybody in my family. I’ve been propped up. I have been defended. I’ve been made to look better than I am. My lovely wife, Kathryn, has done so much in that regard. … So many people have put me first in all of this, and I understand now what Lou Gehrig meant, [because] I certainly feel like that. I feel extremely fortunate and lucky,” Limbaugh told his loyal listeners.
“And because I have outlived the diagnosis, I’ve been able to receive and hear and process some of the most wonderful, nice things about me that I might not have ever heard had I not gotten sick,” the host offered. “Again think, how many people who pass away never hear the eulogies, never hear the thank-yous? I’ve been very lucky, folks, in I can’t tell you how many ways.”
During Limbaugh’s last hour of the Wednesday show, an emotional caller expressed to the host that he views Limbaugh as a father figure in his life.
Limbaugh underscored how he could not sufficiently express his gratitude to the caller and to all his listeners, and noted that at some point, he will be off the air.
“I wish there were a way to say it other than ‘thank you,'” Limbaugh closed. “You’re just the best. My family is just the best. Thank you. Merry Christmas, everybody, from all of us to all of you.”
Following the show, call-screener and producer for Limbaugh, Bo Snerdley, posted: “The best Christmas gift in the world for those of us at EIB is that [Rush Limbaugh] is here celebrating it with us and with YOU in this wonderful, incredible audience who support Rush and us with your love and prayers. We thank God for you and [Rush Limbaugh].”
The best Christmas gift in the world for those of us at EIB is that @RealRLimbaugh is here celebrating it with us and with YOU in this wonderful, incredible audience who support Rush and us with your love and prayers. We thank God for you and @RealRLimbaugh
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) December 23, 2020
A slew of messages poured in for Mr. Limbaugh; here are some:
Was trying not to let the other drivers see me sobbing in my car at the end of today’s show. Merry Christmas to everyone there and we will keep praying for healing for all suffering from cancer!
Oh Bo! The show just ended and I’m in tears! The last caller expressed his and our love for Rush. I’ve wanted to call in but I would never be able to talk without breaking down into tears. Funny thing I’m not really a person who cries. Thank God for Rush! He didn’t fail!
I spent the entire show in tears of gratitude for him and for another Christmas show. In gratitude for how wonderful our Lord is to keep him with us. Merry Christmas [Rush Limbaugh] and Katherine. You are loved beyond measure.
I turned to my husband as the final notes of Silent Night trailed off, tears streaming down my cheeks, and said, “I think we may have just listened to Rush’s last show.” I hope and pray I’m not right. We love you [Rush Limbaugh].The show today was so emotional, the final caller said so many of the things I feel myself. The world is a better place because of you Rush and Bo. You have made me a more critical thinker and have lifted my spirits countless times over the years.
Partial transcript via RushLimbaugh.com