Late conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh often experienced "cancel culture" during his career, Fox News host Sean Hannity said while reacting to the radio legend's death.
"Before we had the term 'snowflake' or 'woke' or cancel culture, talk radio has always been in the crosshairs of cancel culture," Hannity said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" Thursday, adding that Limbaugh had a unique, often humorous and irreverent way of educating America on conservatism.
"So many generations of Americans will miss that voice that educated all of us and reminded us of these great principles that made America great," he said, recalling a 2009 interview with Limbaugh where he insisted that "freedom will never go out of style."
Limbaugh died Wednesday morning from complications from a year-long battle with lung cancer. Hannity, shortly after the news that his friend and mentor had died, commented on Fox that "you can never replace Babe Ruth, but I’d even take it a step further. He was Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter, and everyone in-between. He loved this country, he was a patriot, and he loved his family and he loved his life."
Limbaugh learned that he'd been diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020. Days later, during what turned out to be his final State of the Union address, then-President Donald Trump presented the talk show host with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
"The Rush Limbaugh Show" has been on the air since 1988.
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