The bloodbath continues for conservative talk host Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, which continues to lose advertisers — and now has lost two radio stations — in the wake of a verbal attack by the host on a law student who testified about birth control.
The count of advertisers bailing out on the show has climbed to nine, the New York Daily News reports. Meanwhile, radio stations WBEC in Pittsfield, Mass., and KPUA in Hilo, Hawaii, have dropped the show.
Said WBEC General Manager Peter Barry: “This time he’s taken it too far.”
Stamps.com pulled out of the show as an advertiser, the story reports, with a spokesman saying: “Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments do not align with our company values.”
Limbaugh, who has apologized for his comments, was defiant on Monday, downplaying the loss of advertisers. “They have profited handsomely from reaching you,” he said, according to the report. “Now they have decided they don’t want to reach you anymore and we will replace them with advertisers who do.”
As reported previously, Limbaugh called law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she testified before lawmakers in Washington about health care policies regarding insurance coverage of birth control. He later apologized, but his remarks triggered a flood of advertiser defections.
Fluke appeared on ABC’s “The View” following Limbaugh’s apology, the report notes. “I don’t think a statement like this, saying his choice of words was not the best, changes anything,” she said on the show.
Clear Channel, which broadcasts the radio show, has stood behind Limbaugh.