Both are stalwart backers of Trump, and his campaign called them “longtime friends” and “conservative media legends.” Also appearing at the rally will be entertainer Lee Greenwood.
Limbaugh is a native of the Missouri community, while Hannity has been an informal adviser to the president. Bill Shine, White House deputy chief of communications, is a longtime former Fox News executive who worked closely with Hannity, including stints as his executive producer.
Although Hannity is listed as one of the special guests at the rally, a Fox News spokesperson confirmed that Hannity will only be hosting his show from that location and interviewing the president. The interview was announced last week.
“In spite of reports, I will be doing a live show from Cape Girardeau and interviewing President Trump before the rally,” Hannity wrote on Twitter on Monday. “To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the President. I am covering final rally for my show. Something I have done in every election in the past.”
The Trump campaign, though, continues to offer tickets to the event and is promoting the appearances of Hannity, Limbaugh and Greenwood along with the president.
The participation of media personalities at partisan campaign events raise questions of whether they conflict with their roles at news organizations.
Oprah Winfrey campaigned last week for Stacey Abrams, who is running for governor of Georgia, and she is taking a break from her participation as a contributor to “60 Minutes.”
Hannity previously appeared in campaign video for Trump in 2016. After his appearance, Fox News said that it was not aware of his participation in the spot and said that he would not appear in any more for the remainder of the campaign.
Also on Monday, a number of entertainment figures will finish up the midterm campaigns by participating in a Telethon for America to encourage voting, with streaming across several platforms including YouTube, Facebook Live and Comedy Central Online. Amy Schumer, Charlize Theron, Judd Apatow, Alyssa Milano and Jessica Alba are among the participants. Although many of them support a “blue wave” winning back Congress, the event is being billed as nonpartisan and is supported by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote initiative.