Rush Limbaugh scoffed at reports yesterday that advertisers were abandoning his show after he called a Georgetown University law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" for testifying before Congress that health insurance plans should cover contraceptives.
According to the website Media Matters, 45 companies that have announced they will no longer advertise on the show - including, J.C. Penney, Deere & Co. and Capitol One. But Limbaugh assured listeners that the lost business will not impact his radio show, which is aired on WABC-770 in New York.
"Now, obviously, I'm not gonna tell you who they are today, but we've got three brand-new, full-fledged sponsors starting in the next two weeks," said Limbaugh, who apologized for his name calling last week and again on Monday.
Limbaugh, 61, also took a few jabs at President Barack Obama's supportive phone call to the 30-year-old student, Sandra Fluke to tell her that her parents should be proud of her for taking part in our democracy.
"This is the guy who stands next to Jimmy Hoffa and chuckles when Hoffa talks about the "sons of b-----" - quote unquote - in the Tea Party being "taken out,"" railed Limbaugh. "The double standard is alive and well," he complained.
Limbaugh also dared Obama to return campaign contributions to HBO host Bill Maher, who he termed "a rabid misogynist" for making what he said were sexist comments about Sarah Palin.
Meanwhile, Maher was supporting Limbaugh, tweeting earlier this week: "Hate to defend #RushLimbaugh but he apologized, liberals looking bad not accepting. Also hate intimidation by sponsor pullout."
ABC cancelled Maher's show, "Politically Incorrect" in 2002 after advertisers objected to Maher saying that he disagreed with President George W. Bush's characterization of suicide bombers as "cowards."