It wasn’t too long ago that Rush Limbaugh’s days were numbered. At least, in the minds of his detractors who disseminated a questionable report suggesting that his deal with longtime carrier Cumulus was coming to an end, and that they weren’t interested in renewal.
Reports of soured relations between Limbaugh and Cumulus were actually a byproduct of a report that conservative pundit Sean Hannity was being replaced on Fox News by Megyn Kelly. Hannity’s own Cumulus deal was also questioned, but it turns out that Hannity is likely not leaving Fox, but likely leaving Cumulus of his own volition.
The ever-popular and ever-controversial Rush was caught up in all of the massive overhaul rumors himself, so he was probably a little more than deservedly smug when he announced his new three-year deal with Cumulus, effectively putting rumors of his imminent axing to bed.
“There will not be any changes,” he declared. Well, there is one minor change. He’ll be leaving New York’s WABC in January for WOR, reports Mediaite.
Limbaugh also called himself the “Doctor of Democracy,” adding that, unlike under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, “the deal you have with your doctor isn’t changing.”
So where did all of these errant reports on a supposed massive shakeup among controversial conservative pundits come from? In the end, the changes at Fox and Cumulus don’t really have anything to do punditry, and more to do with the standard negotiations that must come up every time a contract is about to expire.
In short, it’s politics.
You can hear Rush Limbaugh confirm his new three-year deal with Cumulus below: