Arites back

Howard kicked off the show noting that Artie was back in the studio, proving Fred – who’d speculated that Artie might only return as a guest – wrong. Fred welcomed Artie back: “I’m happy for Artie. I hope he’s doing well.” Artie confessed: “Listen, I had what you might call a mini-nervous breakdown…I was in therapy doing well and I had a pattern of repeating mistakes in my life and that’s something my father had.”
Artie added that the charity gig for a pralyzed guy in a wheel chair compounded his anxiety about aging: “I hadn’t really been next to [a paraplegic] since my old man and it affected me.” Artie said didn’t go to therapy when he returned home: “I made myself physically ill. I was dry-heaving. I was sweating.” His girlfriend cared for him while he convalesced: “I love my girlfriend. I’m in love.”
Artie said he’d canceled most of his gigs after the end of the year: “2010 I will not be on the road…this schedule and the road is bad. And this is more important – of course.” He might even do a detox diet: “Stacy wants me to do the Robin thing…I just like cheeseburgers so much. I don’t know if I can be a part of it.” Artie claimed he was glad he didn’t turn back to heroin: “I was close to going to the bad shit because I just wanted anything to feel better…you start to question everything in your life.”

Could this be the end of Artie on the Stern Show?

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Fred asked Howard if he thinks Artie had a nervous breakdown. Howard said he doesn’t know. He said he really doesn’t know what’s going on. Howard handed Fred the text so he could read it. Fred said he’s standing by what he said before reading that text. He said it confirmed what he though and that short text speaks volumes.

Howard asked Fred if he thinks that they’ll ever see Artie again. Fred said it’s just a matter of time, it might be 6 months but he will come back.