Bo Snerdley, the longtime producer of The Rush Limbaugh radio show, on Wednesday asked for prayers as the host battles terminal lung cancer.
The comments are generating speculation that the nation’s most popular talk show host has little time left. The message coming from the show’s producer is unusual as typically the guest hosts provide updates.
“Our prayers are with Rush as he continues to fight the illness he has been afflicted with,” Snerdley, whose real name is James Golden, tweeted “We are still praying for a remission. Today @KenMatthews will fill in for Rush. Thanks for all of your prayers, kind words and wishes for our Rush. God Bless you.”
Limbaugh has not been at the microphone since Feb. 2 and did not return on Monday when last Friday’s guest host said he would. Listeners will be eagerly awaiting Thursday’s show to see if Limbaugh returns.
Our prayers are with Rush as he continues to fight the illness he as been afflicted with. We are still praying for a remission. Today @KenMatthews will fill in for Rush. Thanks for all of your prayers, kind words and wishes for our Rush. God Bless you.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) February 10, 2021
A year ago, Limbaugh announced to his 20 million-member listening audience that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Limbaugh called himself the “mayor of Realville” in announcing his illness. He’d been experiencing shortness of breath that he initially thought might be heart-related but turned out to be a pulmonary malignancy.
In a later health update in October Limbaugh announced that the cancer was now terminal and he uncharacteristically turned to speaking about his personal relationship with Jesus.
“I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” he said. “It is of immense value, strength, confidence. That’s why I’m able to remain fully committed to the idea that what is supposed to happen will happen when it’s meant to.”
Limbaugh also thanked those who have extended their prayers and well wishes, calling their support “a series of blessings.” Then on Dec. 24, his last show of 2020, he thanked his supporters again during his last broadcast of 2020.
“I’ve had a year to really reflect on the things that really matter… the things that are completely relevant and important to me,” Limbaugh said. “And all of you are in that large conglomeration of things that are very important to me. I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today. God knows how important this program is for me today.”
“My point in all of this today is gratitude. My point in all of this is to say thanks and tell everybody involved how much I love you from the bottom of a sizable and growing and still-beating heart.”
Until recently, when his absences became more prolonged and unpredictable, Limbaugh had continued to host his nationally syndicated radio show that launched in 1988.
A private group titled Pray for Rush Limbaugh has set up its own Facebook page. It has more than 1,400 members who offer regular public prayers for him.
–Alan Goforth and Dwight Widaman| Metro Voice