Rush Limbaugh, the most listened to talk show radio host in America, announced on his radio program Monday that he has been diagnosed with "advanced lung cancer" and will miss his show some days due to treatment.
"I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Diagnosis confirmed by two medical institutions back on January 20th. First realized something was wrong on my birthday weekend, January 12th.
And I wish I didn't have to tell you this, and I thought about not telling anybody. I thought about trying to do this without anybody knowing because I don't like making things about me. But there are going to be days that I'm not going to be able to be here because I'm undergoing treatment, or I'm reacting to treatment. . . .
My intention is to come here every day I can, and to do this program as normally and as competently and as expertly as I do each and every day because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction — professionally, personally.
I told the staff today that I have a deeply personal relationship with God that I do not proselytize about. But I do, and I have been working that relationship tremendously."
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? Rush Limbaugh, 69, is a pioneer and titan in talk radio and conservative media at large. More than 25 million people tune in monthly to the Rush Limbaugh Show, which has been on the air for over 30 years and is broadcast on more than 650 stations. Forbes estimates that Limbaugh earned $84.5 million in 2018.
Limbaugh had recently signed a new, long-term deal with Premiere Radio Networks.