Rush Limbaugh, III, was born January 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He is best known for hosting the conservative radio talk show The Rush Limbaugh Show, which is the highest-ranked commercial talk-radio program in the U.S. He earns $50 million per year. The show has won numerous awards, and Rush once received a personal letter from former President Ronald Reagan, thanking him for his vocal Republican support. Rush started working in radio when he was 16; his first job was at KFBK in San Francisco. In the 1990s, he became a bestselling author with the books The Way Things Ought to Be and See, I Told You So. Rush has made numerous appearances on other talk shows. He was married four times and is currently single. He has no children. In 2001, he suffered from an autoimmune inner ear disease, which in three months caused him to go completely deaf in his left ear. In 2003, he admitted that he was addicted to prescription painkillers, after which he entered rehab.
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