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Rush Limbaugh apologized for the comments he made during his radio show, saying he did not intend to personally attack Sandra Fluke. (Source: CNN) Rush Limbaugh apologized for the comments he made during his radio show, saying he did not intend to personally attack Sandra Fluke. (Source: CNN)

(RNN) – Fallout continues after Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute."

After an intense crackdown by critics through Twitter and traditional media, eight advertisers - Legal Zoom, Carbonite, Citrix (including GoToMeeting, which is owned by Citrix), Sleep Train, Sleep Number, Quicken Loans, ProFlowers and AOL - announced they would pull their ads from Limbaugh's show.

Even Republicans are speaking out against Limbaugh's comments. Arizona Sen. John McCain called Limbaugh's comments "totally unacceptable" Monday morning on a CBS news show. Even House Speaker John Boehner released a statement on Friday calling Limbaugh's comments "inappropriate."

The conservative radio talk show host gave somewhat of an apology for his comments through a statement on his website Saturday.

"For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke," Limbaugh's apology read.

His comments came after Fluke was denied the right to speak at a Republican-controlled house committee hearing on contraception, which featured an all-male panel and included no health professionals, sparking wide-spread outrage.

Democrats later held their own hearing, at which Fluke was a star speaker.

Limbaugh asserted that it is not the government's responsibility to pay for sexual recreation, and said if women want to get paid to have sex, then they should provide videos online so everyone can watch.

He supported his view that the government should not pay for any forms of contraception in his apology.

"I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities," the statement read. "What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line?"

The apology comes after those outraged by Limbaugh's comments launched social media campaigns to discourage advertisers from supporting his show.

Also on Friday, President Barack Obama also personally called Fluke to offer his support and thank her for exercising her rights as a citizen, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a briefing.

While Limbaugh did apologize for what seemed like a personal attack on Fluke, he did not back down on his views of the issue.

"My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices," Limbaugh's apology read.

You can read the full apology on his website.

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