“There have been many cycles but this is the third wave and this current wave, I have to tell you, is kicking my ass,” the controversial 69-year-old political commentator said during Tuesday’s broadcast of his nationally syndicated “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”
“For the last seven days, I have been virtually worthless, virtually useless,” he continued. “I haven’t left the house. I haven’t done much of anything, except just try to rest and relax. All of this was told to me, it was gonna be a factor.”
He added: “It’s the price that you pay if you make the decision to go ahead and do treatment to try to prolong your life.”
Limbaugh, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who has often used his popular show to espouse conspiracy theories, said he’d been reluctant in recent weeks to talk about his condition “because I vowed not to be a cancer patient on the radio.”
He also feared attacks, claiming: “If I were to go into much greater detail, you know, the media would start researching everything I said.”
Limbaugh appeared to suggest he may soon have to take more time off from hosting his show because of the physical and mental toll.
“I hope that that doesn’t happen. And I’m not, at the same time, making any excuses. But I do feel the need to keep you informed,” he said.