Ailing talk-radio pioneer Rush Limbaugh was absent from the airwaves again on Wednesday.
According to Fox News, the unplanned day off for Limbaugh was due to the conservative host’s ongoing battle with terminal cancer. Limbaugh’s producer, James Golden, addressed the matter in a tweet early on Wednesday.
“Our prayers are with Rush as he continues to fight the illness he [has] been afflicted with,” Golden, who is known as Bo Snerdley to loyal Limbaugh listeners, wrote.
“Thank you for all of your prayers”
Golden went on to explain that the host’s allies are “still praying for a remission” but noted that Ken Matthews would be taking over hosting duties for the day.
“Thank you for all of your prayers, kind words and wishes for Rush,” Golden added. “God Bless you.”
In his own tweet, Matthews confirmed that he would be filling in, writing: “See you on the radio from my Pennsylvania Broadcast Bunker(PBB).”
Limbaugh attracted headlines last year — shortly after announcing his diagnosis — when then-President Donald Trump awarded the veteran broadcaster with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during his State of the Union address.
“Almost every American family knows the pain when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness,” Trump remarked at the time. “Here tonight is a special man, someone beloved by millions of Americans who just received a Stage 4 advanced cancer diagnosis. This is not good news, but what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet.”
“This is not good news”
In bestowing Limbaugh with the honor, Trump declared that it was in recognition of the host’s inspiration over the airwaves as well as the “incredible work” he had done on behalf of various charities. Trump added: “I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country’s highest civilian honor.”
During the months that followed, Limbaugh has been open about his health struggles but nevertheless emphasized gratitude during his final broadcast of 2020.
“My point in all of this is to say thanks and to tell everybody involved how much I love you from the bottom of a sizable and growing and still-beating heart,” he told listeners.
In October, Limbaugh took a more somber tone, describing his disease as a “death sentence” after receiving an update that “did show some progression of cancer.”