Rush Limbaugh was one of the biggest stars the conservative movement had ever seen, and choosing his successors is no easy task.
The king of talk radio cast such a legendary shadow over talk radio that the network has decided it would need two people to fill his shoes after he passed away on February 17 at the age of 70 from stage 4 lung cancer. It took three months after his death, but Limbaugh’s syndication partner has finally named his successors: Clay Travis and Buck Sexton.
According to reporting by the Daily Wire, “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show will begin airing from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern on June 21 over hundreds of radio stations affiliated with Premiere Networks, a part of iHeart Media Inc.”
Clay Travis is well-known for hosting Fox Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, while Buck Sexton is a former CIA agent turned radio talk show host. Sexton, who has frequently filled in for Limbaugh, hosts “The Buck Sexton Show” on the radio and “Hold The Line” on The First TV network at 7 p.m. on weeknights.
“While no one will ever replace Rush Limbaugh, Buck and I are excited to continue advancing the causes he held dear, most importantly American exceptionalism, a fervent embrace of capitalism, and a belief in a robust marketplace of ideas,” Travis said in a press release. “At a time of rabid cancel culture and toxic identity politics, we will be the voice for many who feel scared to say what they think for fear of the censorious online mob. We can’t wait to get started.”
“I could not be more thrilled — and am deeply humbled — by the opportunity to host this new program with Clay Travis,” said Sexton. “We think it’s important to carry on the tradition of Rush Limbaugh and bring truth to the masses. One thing I can promise all EIB listeners out there: we’re with them and we will always fight for them with the show Clay, and I do every day.”
“We’re not going to replace Rush Limbaugh,” said Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott. “We’re going to have an evolution of the show with fresh voices — those [who] grew up on Rush and admired him.”
Limbaugh, whose death certificate listed his occupation as “greatest radio host of all time,” was an inspiration to many, and he will be missed.