Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh signed off his show on a somber note, thanking listeners and saying how much he appreciates them.
Limbaugh said he was making an “attempt to thank everybody in the audience, all of you, for everything you mean to me. That last call … reminds me how much I love all of you. How much I so appreciate everything you’ve meant to me and my family. You don’t have any idea.”
Limbaugh, who first announced his lung cancer diagnosis in February, told listeners in October that despite some early success fighting the disease, more recent scans show the cancer was “going in the wrong direction.”
“Stage 4 is, as they say, terminal,” Limbaugh said.
As he signed his show off the day before Christmas Eve, Limbaugh said he wasn’t sure how much longer he would be able to continue his program.
“So many people think this program has changed their lives for the better. You have no idea how much you’ve meant to me and my family,” Limbaugh said. “The day is going to come, folks, where I’m not going to be able to do this. I don’t know when that is. I want to be able to do it for as long as I want to do it, but the day will come where I’m not going to be able to, and I want you to understand that even when the day comes, I’d like to be here.”
Limbaugh said that, in the meantime, he wants to show his listeners how much he appreciates them.
“Because I have this sense of needing to constantly show my appreciation for all that you have done and meant to me,” Limbaugh said. “So, I hope you all have a great Christmas, a great New Year, and I hope that the things that are in store for all of us in the coming year are certainly better than what we’ve endured in 2020.”
The host concluded by wishing everyone a “merry Christmas” and a better 2021.
“I don’t know too many people that have enjoyed 2020, probably some sickos out there who have, but 2021 has to be better,” Limbaugh said. “We’re going to try to make it that way here at the EIB Network. Again, folks, thank you so much. I wish there were a way to say it other than thank you. You’re just the best. My family is just the best. Thank you. Merry Christmas, everybody!”
Limbaugh has hosted the Rush Limbaugh Show since 1988, becoming a popular and oftentimes controversial conservative commentator.