Artie Lange Rolling Stone Interview

Are you going to go back on Howard to promote the book?

I don’t know. I haven’t set foot in there. Howard is afraid he’s gonna say the wrong thing and set me off. He’s like, “God forbid something happens.” What happened was real intense. The times I’ve talked to him, he’s been real supportive. He’s happy for me that I’m back on track and doing better, but actually being on the show . . . He’s afraid something might happen. I’m not saying it won’t happen. Gary [Dell’Abate] has the book. He’s reading the book . . . Look, if he does, he does. I’m not going to put any pressure on him because the guy has done everything for me, and he’s just been amazing. But if he feels it’s too intense and too risky to do it, that’s gonna be his decision. And that’s fine. I told the book company not to press him at all.

I think he got freaked out. Howard didn’t how bad you were and he believed all your lies, and then he saw the truth and it shattered him.

Right. He was like, “You need professional help.” And he was right, of course. And I was working there when it happened. He’s thinking, “What if he goes back and something triggers something?”

Howard said recently on the show that you saw him at the hospital when you both visited Robin at the same time.

artie lange rolling stoneYeah. I saw him there. We talked for an hour. And it was just me, him and Robin for a while. We laughed like old times, like we were on the air. It was the day after Robin’s big operation and she was in great spirits. She look great. I told her she was just so confident and she really is such a strong person. But we were goofing around with her like everything was fine. We laughed like crazy.

At the end, he gave me a big hug and he said, “Congrats on the show.” I said “Thanks” and “I’ll talk to you soon” or whatever. And then I gave him a big hug. That was it, and I talked to Robin for an hour after that. I sat with her, and if she was scared about what was going to happen, she didn’t let me see. It seems like she got through it, which is great.

It’s weird how time rolls on. Howard is gonna be 60. Bruce Springsteen is almost 65 and time is rolling, man. It’s daunting to think that one day that show might not be around. But I don’t think Howard wants to slow down. I know that money isn’t an issue for Howard. He likes to be relevant, hence the America’s Got Talent thing. And he’s good at it. I think he’s gearing up for another big situation because Howard TV is going away, whether it’s a web thing or another more traditional-type talk show. I don’t know. I would love to see what kind of web presence he would have.

You wrote in the book that after your suicide attempt, you held out some hope you’d return to the show at some point.

Sure. In my head I said, “Well, maybe I can still make this work again. Maybe I’m not so ready to move on.” But then I really thought about it. I thought about the position I put them in. I said to myself, “Well, oK, that’s probably not going to work.” But there was definitely a time where I said to myself, “I can do this again.” Then I said to myself, “OK, well, now what?” And my agents and managers didn’t abandon me. They were there and they said, “OK. We’ll just try to find a gig for you.” And then I got a call from Nick DiPaolo. He said that DirecTV was a fan of his and mine and wanted to maybe do this show. And I said, “Oh my God. All right. Let’s get right back on the horse.” And we did a test show and in a few months we had a deal.

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Howard Stern Rolling Stone Interview

Howard’s Interview Style
“The biggest criticism of my interviews is that I cut people off. I think my biggest asset is that I cut people off. It sounds like a contradiction, but the fact is you can’t allow people to drone on. You are the orchestra leader. You are the one who is saying, ‘My audience wants something new. I’ve got to get out of this. I gotta keep it fresh.’”

Howard’s Early Training
“The ability to interview people and read your subject comes from my mother being very demanding of me with one thing: That I should be able to read her mood and know what she wanted. I could look in my mother’s eyes and know everything. I was trained to make my mother happy. And I swear to you, when I sit there on the radio, I don’t miss a trick because I’ll study it. I count how many times you blink. I watch everything.”

Howard’s Neurotic Attention
“I enjoy doing the radio show every day. But the neurotic attention I devote to it and the inability to get rid of that insecurity is very fatiguing for me. The curse is that I take it so seriously. I just can’t walk out of here and say, “I did a good show today and I’m very satisfied.” No, I gotta know, do you think I did a good show and are you satisfied? And that’s the neurosis and that’s the source of all problems for me.”

Howard Cares Too Much
“I sort of admire Charlie Sheen’s ability to say fuck you to the world. It’s a fascinating car wreck because, you know, how many people are in Hollywood dying for a hit television show? I don’t know whether to give him a medal or to throw him in a loony bin. He doesn’t care, and that’s not me. Oh, I care! I care what my parents think, I care what you think, I care too much. In a way, I’m in as weird a place as Charlie Sheen. He doesn’t care at all and I care too much. Where’s the middle ground?”

Howard’s Addiction
“I’m a people addict. That’s what an addiction to people is: [The need for] attention, acclaim, validation. I think all of that is operating there. It’s desperate.”

Howard and the Wild Animals
“It’s funny that people’s perception of me is that I’m some sort of wild animal when, in fact, I’m interested in interviewing the wild animal because I am so controlled. I’m fascinated by the out-of-control guy or exploring the porn star who has completely defied her family, her morality and values. And I’m like, ‘Wow, tell me about that. How do you get to that point? Part of what you’re saying I kind of admire, but then again, you’re destroying yourself too.'”

Why Howard Won’t Hire Prostitutes
“I’m too germ-phobic.”

Howard on Single Life
“After my divorce, I realized, “Oh, wow, I can go have sex.” And I was running around, picking up women. Then all of a sudden, it dawned on me that I really didn’t need that much sex. I just wanted somebody with me every minute. I was using women as a surrogate mother. When I tapped into that, it suddenly became very childish behavior. And really, was it so great fucking every night? They’re using me for my fame, I’m using them for their beauty, and the whole fucking thing seemed empty.”

Howard’s One-Track Mind
“Radio was everything. I had to win – at all costs, no holds barred. Not to sound like Charlie Sheen, but losing was not an option. I put in a lot of hours of work on it. I listened to every show back on tape. I sat there and thought everything through. I spent thousands of hours editing tapes, writing commercials, incorporating sound effects. I spent endless days and nights thinking about this and nothing else.”

Howard on Marriage
“In many ways, my marriage now is so easy, but I’m also aware that I could fuck things up very easily. I could start getting more into my work, and ignoring what’s important to Beth. I’m awfully narcissistic, and I have to keep that in check. I can’t be like King Tut sitting there and expect to be taken care of, because so many times we can turn our wives into mothers.”

Howard on Artie Lange
“Finding Artie was a great joy. But Artie’s demons got a hold of him, and I’m probably the last one to really have realized what he was going through. To me, Artie was coming in and doing his job and he did it so well that I really didn’t think he had a problem. Toward the end, I got it. You’d have to be blind not to see it. But I’m not a drug guy, really. Early in my life, I took drugs, but I’m very naive about it. Maybe I just wanted to have blinders on, I don’t know.”

Howard on Therapy
“Therapy has opened up new sides to me. I’m more willing to explore areas that I didn’t understand before with people. I was more one-dimensional, like Cro-Magnon in a way, banging people over the head in my early years. Sometimes when I hear the old shows broadcast, I want to cringe.”

Howard’s Career Advice
“Absolutely. I get angry with performers like Rush Limbaugh who are just shills for the Republican Party. I’m not a big listener of his, but wouldn’t he be a lot more interesting if once in a while he was for something that the Republican Party was against? I thought he had a real opportunity with that whole drug-addiction thing to maybe open up and say, “Man, I’m as confused as all of you.” But, no, he has to keep the persona. He’s an expert. He knows everything. It’s boring. You’ve gotta grow. The audience has to feel that growth. There are so many guys doing the same act, like Sean Hannity. If Limbaugh was the one guy who started talking about his insecurities, then he’d have a following that would be 10 times the size. If you want to go to the next level, you gotta open up a whole bunch more. That’s the secret for anybody who’s considering a career in radio.”

Howard Gets Bitten in the Ass
“Those [old] shows can bite you in the ass, because I think the war in Iraq is ridiculous, but you can hear old shows of me screaming, “Come on, we have to go to Iraq and blow everyone up.” Oh, fuck, I sounded like an idiot.”

Howard Becomes a Human
“Talking on the radio is a performance. Even though it’s pretty raw, what I do, and I do open up, it’s still a performance. If you go to a therapy session, it’s a whole ‘nother level. It’s been useful to me because I think it’s just opened me up as a human being. I feel less like a detached robot. I actually feel human. I don’t think I did before.”

Howard’s Radio Strategy
“When I was starting out, I came to the revelation that if I was going to go anywhere in radio, I can’t be playing records. I said, ‘I can’t rely on the Beatles or the Rolling Stones to get me ratings. Every asshole can play those. But if what I have to say was important, no one can replicate that.'”

Howard Makes Friends
“I notice when I’m able to break through my fear and hesitance and create some friendships, it really feels good. I missed a lot of that by not fully being human. It’s really hard, because I’m the first one to tend to shut down. I’m the type of guy who will invite you to my home and then all of a sudden, I’ll be angry you’re at my house, like, ‘When can I be by myself?'”

Howard on His Divorce
“[Getting a divorce] felt like such a failure. It’s so complicated, and it’s hard for me even to figure out at this point what went wrong and how things that were so good could go so bad. It’s tough. I think I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to analyze that.”

Howard on Competition
“[In the past] I was a slug, and I was down in the mud. I felt very defensive. I had to do whatever I had to do to make a living, and that I would tear the fucking head off of anyone who got in my way. And now I’m more comfortable with my place and what I’ve done. I don’t feel as threatened by anybody else. I have a really nice friendship with Jimmy Kimmel. Years ago, I could have had a friendship with anybody in show business, and I didn’t, because everyone was a competitor.”

Howard Seeks Balance
“I had something to prove to the world, to my father, to every woman that never fucked me. You know, everything. I’m not saying I’m fully evolved now. I’m not Buddha. Sometimes it’s hard for me to accept that I don’t have every listener and I haven’t written every good joke. I get competitive. But that’s no way to live. I’m tired of walking around angry. It’s a burden. And that’s why I’m trying to find balance.”

Kurt Angle tells all on Bubba The Love Sponge

He said she (they NEVER mentioned Rhaka by name) moved in and then changed her mailing address to his house to establish residency.
He said she wanted an engagement ring.
He said she tried to extort “lots of money” (Bubba said 50-thousand, but Angle didn’t say anything about an amount) and threatened to ruin his life and career.
He said he was afraid of her (didn’t specify in what way he was afraid of her—physically or otherwise).
He said he didn’t talk to her even while they were living together. He says they never fought, he only kept asking her when she was leaving.
He said she was always on the computer, and would hide what she was looking at when he’d go by the room. Bubba said she was probably looking at how she could legally carry this out, Angle didn’t say anything.
He said that in the protection order, she claimed he yelled at her and said something similar to what another celebrity / wrestler (he was trying to be careful with not identifying this person, so he first said wrestler, then celebrity) said about his ex-wife. Bubba asked him if it was what Hogan said to Rolling Stone about ‘understanding why O.J. could do what he did,’ and Angle said he couldn’t answer that.
He said about a week before this past weekend, while she was out of town, he talked to police about what he could do to get her out of the house and was told there was very little he could do.
He said, on Friday night, she wanted to talk, he said he wanted to go to bed. She asked him at 1130 or so that night to borrow his car to go to the store, he allowed her to. He thinks at that time she went to the police and got the order.
Then, Saturday morning, at 630 am, four police cars (including the officer he talked to the week before) came to his house, told him about the order, and told him to leave.
He says he left around 715, and video surveillance from his gated community shows her following his car out.
He says he went to go check in at a hotel which was in a different law enforcement jurisdiction, and circled the hotel parking lot (not the Starbucks’ lot) while talking on his phone to TNA officials, his attorney and agent about what had happened. He says he then pulled into the Starbucks, which was close to the hotel. It was at that time (about 730) that police (from the different jurisdiction than the one his home is in) arrested him. He says the officers didn’t believe him when he said he had just left his house.
He says the HGH they found was “buried deep” in an “old bag” he had grabbed and was two 2 year old vials that he didn’t know were in there. He says they were prescribed for the neck injury and he could be tested right now and he’d test clean.
He says the DUI from last year was never expunged from his record, so he has three separate court hearings (getting the DUI expunged, the violation of the protection order, and the HGH possession).
He says his lawyer will be in court today to try to get Angle back in his house.
He called the whole thing an embarrassment to himself, his family and TNA.
He says she got him “when things were going good,” citing his fourth movie and the recent magazine cover he did.
He says he didn’t talk publicly on this before because his attorney was on vacation and he thinks TNA wanted to “keep it under the rug” since he and she both work there. He thinks he probably wouldn’t have even gotten TNA’s permission to do the interview with Bubba. He also said he’d probably hire a publicist once this all clears up.

He said she (they NEVER mentioned Rhaka by name) moved in and then changed her mailing address to his house to establish residency.

He said she wanted an engagement ring.

He said she tried to extort “lots of money” (Bubba said 50-thousand, but Angle didn’t say anything about an amount) and threatened to ruin his life and career.

He said he was afraid of her (didn’t specify in what way he was afraid of her—physically or otherwise).

He said he didn’t talk to her even while they were living together. He says they never fought, he only kept asking her when she was leaving.

He said she was always on the computer, and would hide what she was looking at when he’d go by the room. Bubba said she was probably looking at how she could legally carry this out, Angle didn’t say anything.

He said that in the protection order, she claimed he yelled at her and said something similar to what another celebrity / wrestler (he was trying to be careful with not identifying this person, so he first said wrestler, then celebrity) said about his ex-wife. Bubba asked him if it was what Hogan said to Rolling Stone about ‘understanding why O.J. could do what he did,’ and Angle said he couldn’t answer that.

He said about a week before this past weekend, while she was out of town, he talked to police about what he could do to get her out of the house and was told there was very little he could do.

He said, on Friday night, she wanted to talk, he said he wanted to go to bed. She asked him at 1130 or so that night to borrow his car to go to the store, he allowed her to. He thinks at that time she went to the police and got the order.

Then, Saturday morning, at 630 am, four police cars (including the officer he talked to the week before) came to his house, told him about the order, and told him to leave.

He says he left around 715, and video surveillance from his gated community shows her following his car out.

He says he went to go check in at a hotel which was in a different law enforcement jurisdiction, and circled the hotel parking lot (not the Starbucks’ lot) while talking on his phone to TNA officials, his attorney and agent about what had happened. He says he then pulled into the Starbucks, which was close to the hotel. It was at that time (about 730) that police (from the different jurisdiction than the one his home is in) arrested him. He says the officers didn’t believe him when he said he had just left his house.

He says the HGH they found was “buried deep” in an “old bag” he had grabbed and was two 2 year old vials that he didn’t know were in there. He says they were prescribed for the neck injury and he could be tested right now and he’d test clean.

He says the DUI from last year was never expunged from his record, so he has three separate court hearings (getting the DUI expunged, the violation of the protection order, and the HGH possession).

He says his lawyer will be in court today to try to get Angle back in his house.

He called the whole thing an embarrassment to himself, his family and TNA.

He says she got him “when things were going good,” citing his fourth movie and the recent magazine cover he did.

He says he didn’t talk publicly on this before because his attorney was on vacation and he thinks TNA wanted to “keep it under the rug” since he and she both work there. He thinks he probably wouldn’t have even gotten TNA’s permission to do the interview with Bubba. He also said he’d probably hire a publicist once this all clears up.