Patricia Heaton apologizes for tweets taking Rush Limbaugh's side
Rush Limbaugh is losing advertisers for his radio show one after the other in the wake of his controversial comments about a Georgetown law student, and now he's lost a prominent advocate on Twitter: Patricia Heaton.
The star of "The Middle" and "Everybody Loves Raymond" pulled an Alec Baldwin and temporarily deleted her Twitter account after siding with Limbaugh's criticisms of Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke last week via a series of barbed tweets. She returned on Monday to apologize to Fluke.
On Feb. 29, the actress wrote, "Hey G-Town Gal: Plz let us also pay for your Starbucks, movie theater tickets and your favorite hot wings combo deal at KFC! Anything else?"
"Hey G-Town Gal: If your parents have to pay for your birth control, maybe they should get a say in who you sleep with! Instant birth control!"
"If every Tweaton sent Georgetown Gal one condom, her parents wouldn't have to cancel basic cable, & she would never reproduce -- sound good?"
The controversy began after Limbaugh called Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" after she advocated for expanded access to birth control. In the wake of those comments, Limbaugh has been blasted from nearly all quarters, including by Republican House Speaker John Boehner, and has shed a string of high-profile advertisers, including AOL.
Limbaugh publicly apologized, and so did Heaton, who offered her regrets Saturday before making her account inaccessible.
"Mea culpa Sandra! Wasn't being respectful 2 u re my tweets as I hope people wd b w/me. Don't like you being dissed -so sorry," she wrote.
She reiterated that apology again on Monday, telling readers, "I apologized to Ms Fluke last week. I may not agree with her views but I didn't treat her with respect and I'm sorry. I was wrong. Mea Culpa."
— Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Patricia Heaton. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press