Rush Limbaugh, the nation’s top-rated talk-radio host who checked himself into a treatment center for an addiction to painkillers last month, will return to his daily syndicated program Monday, Nov. 17.
According to a report in MediaDailyNews, an executive with Clear Channel Communications, which owns Limbaugh producer Premiere Radio Networks, says the “king of talk radio” will leave the rehab hospital in the next seven to 10 days, adding that “a full recovery is expected.”
As WorldNetDaily reported, Limbaugh announced at the end of his broadcast Oct. 10 that he was addicted to pain-killing medication and that he would check into a rehab clinic that afternoon for treatment.
Responding to a story published the previous week by the National Enquirer, he told his millions of listeners “part of what you’ve heard and read in the past week is correct.”
“I am addicted to prescription pain medication,” he said in his statement.
Limbaugh explained he began taking prescription painkillers about five or six years ago to ease pain following spinal surgery.
“Unfortunately the surgery was unsuccessful, and I continued to have severe pain in my lower back and also in my neck now, due to two herniated disks – pain which I’m experiencing because of that,” he said.
Just days before the drug story broke, Limbaugh came under fire for a comment he made on an ESPN pre-game show, saying Philadelphia Eagles’ Donovan McNabb was overrated by the media because journalists wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.
Limbaugh resigned from his position as an ESPN sports commentator after the story broke and he was hit with charges of racism.
According to the MediaDailyNews report, John Hogan, chief executive officer of Clear Channel Radio, said there has been little financial fallout since Limbaugh has been away. No stations have left the fold and no advertisers have dropped either, Hogan said.
“During his absence, we have maintained 100 percent of our affiliate base, and we have maintained our advertiser base,” Hogan told the news service. “This is an unfortunate turn of events for Rush, but our advertisers and our affiliate base have remained firmly behind him and we look forward to his return in the near future.”