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RUSH: Here’s J. C. in Belton, Texas. J. C., glad you called, glad you waited. Welcome to the program.

CALLER: Hey, thanks, Rush. Vietnam helicopter pilot dittos.

RUSH: Thank you, sir. It’s the third Vietnam vet we’ve had on the program today.

CALLER: Yes siree. We’re still out here and we’re listening. I have a question —

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: — of you about the liberals out there who are trying to get you fired like they got Imus.

RUSH: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

CALLER: The stupidity seems incredible to me simply because Imus was an employee.

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: And he didn’t own his show. Not only do you own your show —

RUSH: Shh, shh, shh.

CALLER: — you own the syndicator.

RUSH: Shh, shh, shh.

CALLER: So the question is, are you going to fire yourself?

RUSH: Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh. We want them to try. No, I’m not going to fire myself. Only way I’m going to fire myself is if I learned every American agreed with me, there would be no sense to continue. Mission accomplished, big banner on an aircraft carrier.

CALLER: (Laughing.) Well, I just wanted to see if that angle was correct because I just —

RUSH: Well, I don’t own the syndicate —

CALLER: — converted everybody, that you couldn’t possibly fire yourself.

RUSH: I don’t own the syndicator. They are a partner.

CALLER: Oh, correct. Sorry. Yeah.

RUSH: So I don’t own the syndicator. I could, if I decided to, at some point, do it all, but I got a great working relationship with my syndication partners. You know, it’s just the way I’ve chosen to structure. But yeah, I basically have to agree that they’re right, I should be fired, and do it myself.

CALLER: We won’t wait for that day.

RUSH: No, don’t wait for it, it’s not going to happen. Look, if I fired myself, I’d hire myself back five minutes later. I could do that. I’ll fire myself. Limbaugh fired, back on air five minutes later, would be the story.

CALLER: Hey, that would be a good one. That would yank so many chains that you would completely hijack the news networks.

RUSH: In fact, when I rehired myself, it would be for a greater percentage.

CALLER: (Laughing.) Okay, Rush, hang in there.

RUSH: Will do. I could do a Rosie, ‘You know folks, I have failed to come to terms with myself, so I’m quitting, I’m going to fire myself,’ and then five minutes later come to terms with myself and — (laughing) — refuse to accept my own resignation. That’s right. I fired myself, but I didn’t accept it. (Laughing.) Well, you never know. We’ll play it out.

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