Rush Limbaugh: Over 40 Advertisers Flee, Host Says 'Everything's Cool'

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Rush Limbaugh: Over 40 Advertisers Flee, Host Says 'Everything's Cool' (ABC News)

Talk show host Rush Limbaugh sought to reassure listeners Wednesday after the tally of local and national companies that have  pulled their advertisements from his time slot topped 40, insisting that the show will go on and that the program is not losing revenue from the exodus.

At last count, 42 advertisers, two radio stations and two musicians have closed the door on Limbaugh following incendiary comments he made last week about a Georgetown law student who testified before Congress in favor of having birth control covered under insurance plans.

Limbaugh called the student, Sandra Fluke, a "slut" and a "prostitute."  The conservative commentator apologized for his "insulting" comments in a statement posted to his website on Saturday and again on his radio show Monday.

Despite the apology, which Fluke said she did not think "changes anything," customers and listeners have taken to social media to inundate advertisers, stations and sponsors of Limbaugh's show with calls to boycott Limbaugh.

Limbaugh told his listeners today that "everything's cool," noting that many of the advertisers that have yanked their support are local and thus have little if any impact on the show's revenues.

"Nobody is losing money here, including us, in all this," Limbaugh said on his radio show Wednesday. "[The advertisers] are not canceling the business on our stations. They're just saying they don't want their spots to appear in my show. We don't get any revenue from 'em anyway. The whole effort is to dispirit you."

The conservative commentator estimated that as many as 18,000 companies could be advertising on any one of the 600 or so stations that broadcast his three-hour radio program.

"ABC News, who understands how this works and are purposely misrepresenting it, is out there ballyhooing that we have lost 28 sponsors," Limbaugh said. "Twenty-eight sponsors out of 18,000! That's like losing a couple of french fries in the container when it's delivered to you at the drive-thru. You don't even notice it."

While he would not name companies, Limbaugh said three new sponsors have signed onto his show in the past two weeks.

"None of what's happening is out of the ordinary," Limbaugh said. "It's just part of an onslaught to try to convince you that this show's history and our days are numbered. And I'm happy to tell you nothing could be further from the truth."

Here is the list of confirmed companies who have officially pulled their advertisements from the Rush Limbaugh radio show.

Service Magic home contractor

Hadeed Carpets

Accuquote Life Insurance

Vitacost vitamin supplier

Bonobos clothing company

Sensa weight- loss program

Thompson Creek Windows

AOL

Tax Resolution Services

ProFlowers

Legal Zoom online document creator

Carbonite web security firm

Citrix software maker

Sleep Train Mattresses

Sleep Number mattresses

Quicken Loans

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Cascades Dental

Consolidated Credit Counseling Services

Constant Contact email marketing firm

Philadelphia Orchestra

Reputation Rhino online reputation consulting firm

St. Vincent's Medical Center

Cunningham Security

Regal Assets precious medal investment group

Freedom Debt Relief

Norway Savings Bank

Portland Ovations performing arts center

Stamps.com

These companies say their ads were mistakenly run during Limbaugh's program and have contacted radio stations and media buyers to ensure their ads do not run during his program again.

JCPenney

Capital One

Goodwill

Geico

Sears

PolyCom web conferencing

The following companies said they did not intentionally have their ads run during Limbaugh's show, but are also not specifically taking steps to remove the ads from his time slot.

John Deere

Bethesda Sedation Dentistry

Amberen menopause medication

Other news outlets have reported that the following companies have pulled their advertisements. ABC News is working to confirm.

Downeast Energy

Matrix Direct

Netflix

RSVP Discount Beverage (declined to comment to ABC whether they had pulled their ads)

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