The country's most popular radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, could not hold back the emotion on Wednesday program as he announced that it would be his last of the year.
"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," Limbaugh began.
Limbaugh is battling terminal lung cancer. The host admitted to feeling a form of stage fright as he began the show.
"I'm feeling stage fright kind of thing. There's so much I want to say, and I want to say it correctly," Limbaugh said. "I want to convey my feelings, and I want to do it right. I want to do it to the best of my ability."
Limbaugh likened his own feelings towards his family, friends, and audience to those of baseball legend Lou Gehrig who, facing a terminal illness, said that he felt like "the luckiest guy in the world."
"I understand now what Lou Gehrig meant, [because] I certainly feel like that. I feel extremely fortunate and lucky," Limbaugh said. "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."
Holding back the emotion, Limbaugh closed his show acknowledging his inability to say thank you to everyone who deserved to hear it.
"I wish there were a way to say it other than ‘thank you,'" Limbaugh said. "You're just the best. My family is just the best. Thank you. Merry Christmas, everybody, from all of us to all of you."
After the show concluded, Rush's longtime call screener posted his own thanks to Twitter.
The outpouring from fans, sensing that they had perhaps just heard Rush Limbaugh's last broadcast, was intense.