Rush Limbaugh, the popular conservative talk radio host, announced today (Feb. 3) that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
On his nationally syndicated show, he told listeners that his diagnosis had been confirmed by two medical institutions, and that he would seek treatment for the condition. He is expected to miss several shows but he plans to return by Thursday.
This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming. 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,” Limbaugh said.
However, he admits that the treatment may impact his broadcasting schedule.
“But there are going to be days when I am not going to be able to be here because I’m undergoing treatment, or I’m reacting to treatment,” he said.
Limbaugh has had a presence on radio since the 1970s, but he launched his long-running “The Rush Limbaugh Show” in 1988. He reportedly draws 15.5 million listeners, according to Talkers magazine.