Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity will be dropped by nearly 40 radio stations when Cumulus, the second-largest radio network in America, stops airing their controversial broadcasts.
Rumors that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity were set to be canceled from 40 stations nationwide appear to be true, with Cumulus citing high distribution costs for their conservative radio shows. According to Politico, Cumulus and a Clear Channel subsidiary have been in heated arguments over the cost of the talk show host's programs, and negotiations have become tense.
"The source told Politico that Clear Channel was unlikely to reduce the cost for distribution rights to a level that would satisfy Cumulus," the report explained. The move by Cumulus to drop Limbaugh, in particular, comes after a series of altercations that have left the controversial talk show host at odds with the company. Fueling speculation that the Cumulus' decision to drop Limbaugh was personal, rather than financial, was a recent incident that nearly caused the conservative to leave the company.
In May of this year, Limbaugh and Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey experienced a series of disagreements after the outspoken radio host made inappropriate remarks about Sandra Fluke. Limbaugh infamously called the Georgetown law student a "slut" after she petitioned Congress to mandate birth control insurance, causing widespread backlash and outrage nationwide. As a result, Dickey accused Limbaugh of causing revenue to suffer after several advertisers pulled out because of the insulting broadcaster.
"Lew needs someone to blame, so he's pointing fingers instead of fixing his own sales problem," Limbaugh said during the disputes. Limbaugh also displayed relative denial at the prospects of being dropped by Cumulus, denying reports that his radio show was in trouble and insisting that the broadcast would soon be available on even more stations.
"Nothing is gonna happen that you will notice. Nothing is going to change," Limbaugh said on his radio show. "You are gonna be able to get this radio program on as many, if not more, radio stations down the road than it's on now, and what you're being treated to is just a public business negotiation," Limbaugh said. Cumulus has yet to confirm the plan to drop Limbaugh and Hannity, although they didn't offer a clear denial. "Cumulus is not in a position to comment about negotiations with talent under contract, no matter what the rumor of the day might be," a rep for the media company said.