Artie Lange: Howard and I had “a son-and-dad kind of thing.”

Artie Lange, who many thought would not make it to 50, recently did an interview with the Dopey Podcast, a podcast covering the dark comedy of drug addiction.

Artie revealed just how unmanageable his life had become in 2009 thanks to cocaine, heroin, pills and booze. Despite seeing the root of his problems, Lange’s behavior ended his otherwise wildly popular run on The Howard Stern Show.

“Howard did not understand addiction. He gave me the best job ever and he is a genius,” he affirmed on the podcast. “I was on the show for over eight years, but towards the end, I was a complete addict.”

Lange likened his relationship with Stern to “a son-and-dad kind of thing,” which potentially made Stern’s decision to fire the comedian more complicated.

“The last time I phoned him he did not call me back, it is like a son trying to get attention from his father. But I get it, he is a busy guy and things have changed. Now he likes to talk about his cats!”

“He didn’t know the extent of it. There’s no way he could’ve,” added that even though Stern couldn’t grasp just how far gone the comedian was, he tried to get Lange the help he so desperately needed.

Stern even connected him with a therapist, put him into a treatment center, and encouraged him to take all the time he needed to find sobriety.

During the interview, Artie indicated that Stern’s efforts were as generous as they were futile. Lange was straightforward and serious about the reality of his addictions, admitting that he might soon relapse and never find long-term sobriety.

Artie also disclosed that he was earning $4 million a year from The Howard Stern Show.

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