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What's next for Rush Limbaugh's show?

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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FILE - This May 14, 2012 file photo shows radio host Rush Limbaugh speaking during a ceremony inducting him into the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Limbaugh says he???s been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Addressing listeners on his program Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, he said he will take some days off for further medical tests and to determine treatment. (AP Photo/Julie Smith, File)

Upon hearing about Rush Limbaugh's death on Wednesday, many fans said he was irreplaceable. For the time being, his distributor is not going to try.

New York (CNN Business)Upon hearing about Rush Limbaugh's death on Wednesday, many fans said he was irreplaceable.

"Rush's voice will continue to be heard, providing comfort and continued insight to his legions of loyal fans," Premiere Networks said in a statement obtained by CNN Business.

Premiere Networks syndicates "The Rush Limbaugh Show" to hundreds of local radio stations across the United States.

Many of the stations rely on Limbaugh to draw a big audience in the middle of the day.

For now, Premiere says that "transitional programming" will air in Limbaugh's time slot "until his audience is prepared to say good-bye. "

Limbaugh's producers will draw on the show's archives and "pull segments that are relevant for each day's news cycle and allow us to feature the best of Rush for the full three hours of the program," according to the statement.

Premiere said that guest hosts will be used on the "Best of Rush" shows "when needed to guide Rush's audio from one topic to another, but Rush will be the predominant voice heard. "

Limbaugh and Trump were close allies.

On Wednesday evening, while being interviewed on Newsmax about Limbaugh's legacy, Trump demurred when asked if he'd consider filling the talk radio void.

Any number of existing right-wing radio hosts are sure to jockey for the job, though not publicly, lest they appear to be exploiting Limbaugh's death.

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