Limbaugh High on NFL Commentary

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

( - Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh confirmed late on Monday that he auditioned for ABC Television's long-running Monday Night Football, and he terms the result of that audition as "excellent." Limbaugh said he went to Los Angeles recently and called a pre-recorded game with play-by-play host Al Michaels.

"I thought it was excellent, to tell you the truth," Limbaugh said in an interview with WMAL-AM in Washington, DC.

"I surprised myself. I had not seen the game we did (the pre-recorded game he had to call). And I didn't try to study up on the game because who knows how the real game's going to play out, you never know," Limbaugh said.

"So the thing that I came away with after it was over was how much I really dug it. It was even more fun than I thought it would be," he added.

Monday Night Football, one of the most popular shows on television for nearly 30 years, has suffered a modest ratings decline recently. Analyst Boomer Esiason was fired in March, and Don Ohlmeyer, the show's producer in the 1970s, was brought back to revive the liveliness that the program broadcast had in it heyday when Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell and Don Meredith occupied the booth.

Limbaugh had lobbied on his radio show for the chance to audition. However, the thought of the outspoken and often polarizing personality moving to the sports broadcasting booth had been ridiculed by some and called a risk by other critics.

ABC spokesman Mark Mandel said the network will remain quiet on the subject of auditions for Monday Night Football. "We will not comment on any individual. We will wait until we make our formal announcement in early June," he said.