Artie Lange thinks “Howard has lost his mind”

Artie Lange Crash and BurnOn a recent episode of the Artie Quitter podcast, Artie talked about how Howard Stern has so completely cut him off that he even refused to accept “top dollar” advertising money to promote his memoir, Crash and Burn.

He didn’t accept advertising for my book. He wouldn’t even hear the commercial. Its different than hating me. Howard is pretending I don’t exist. I stopped caring because he’s clearly a lunatic. – Artie Lange

Artie went on to say how Touchstone, a division of Simon & Schuster, came to him and said they have never had a company turn down their advertising until Stern. Howard apparently refused to play a 30 second pretaped commercial for Crash and Burn.

His recent rant from the Artie Quitter podcast got picked up by some major news outlets. Opie from Opie Radio invited Artie on to discuss his relationship with Howard Stern. He referenced the rise in power of Marci Turk, an efficiency expert who fast climbed within the ranks of Stern’s organization three years ago after bonding with Howard over a time-management system called Getting Things Done.

Describing Turk as ‘a 34-year-old redhead who basically read a book that Howard liked.’ Lange noted the awkward dynamic in Marci Turk telling people, “You can’t talk to Howard unless you talk to me first, you need permission,” adding, “These are guys who worked with him for 20 years!”

He said that Stern’s loyal producer Gary Dell’Abate, 55, must feel ’emasculated’ after Turk ‘took over his office’ and ‘may or may not be getting more money.’

Howard has lost his mind. I think my old friend Howard — he was my hero, and became a coworker, and became a friend, and — I think he’s lost his mind. If the stories I hear are accurate … And I don’t listen a lot so I don’t get to hear, Ellen Degeneres, he loves her dancing, and that is sickening. I couldn’t imagine, that seems hypocritical. – Artie Lange

Artie has not been heard on The Howard Stern Show since battling mental health issues back in 2009.

Artie Lange: “Howard changed and if you want to hear the old show sign up for the Artie Quitter Podcast”

Artie Lange was recently interviewed by a sports broadcaster on WEEI in Boston. Turns out the host is a big Stern fan and very fond of Artie. They discussed everything from Artie’s comedy career to his time on the Stern Show.

Howard Stern Artie Lange 2016The last time Artie saw and spoke to Stern was in 2012.

“The last time I actually spoke to Howard was in the hospital room with Robin. Robin had just gotten her operation, I’m gonna say 2012. I went to go see Robin, because I always had a special relationship with her. I love Robin, she was always very generous to me…It was spontaneous, I didn’t know Howard was gonna be there. But I walked in and it was Howard and her, and I hadn’t seen Howard since the day I left the show, before I stabbed myself [during his 2010 suicide attempt]. And he…it was as if I saw him two minutes ago. He said, you know, ‘we gotta make Robin laugh.’ That’s what he said to me. So we put everything aside for that, and just really spoke as if we were on the air, for an hour. We just laughed like crazy. And it was like nothing ever happened. And then Howard said, ‘I gotta leave.’ And I gave him a hug and I said ‘you know, I’m sorry for everything, man.’ And he goes, ‘how are you doing? I said ‘I’m all right, I’m working again.’ And he goes, ‘well that’s good, I’ll see ya’…and I haven’t talked to him since.”

Howard won’t let him get closure.

“I called him four times, probably three or four times and left voicemails, and he never called me back. …I just don’t think he wants to deal with me in his life anymore. I think he’s got a very complicated life, and I think he’s happy I’m okay. But I don’t think he’s prepared to deal with it anymore. And I understand that, but where I’m pissed off is, you know, we were really tight, on the air and off the air, very very close. We were friends, and went through a lot of battles together. And for a decade I sat two feet from that guy, and we had what some people think are the funniest moments in radio history…and he was the best comedic partner I ever had…and I just think, all that, maybe I earned ten minutes off the air to just let me say in person ‘I’m sorry’ and hear me out and hug and say goodbye. But that never happened, that closure never happened.”

Howard Stern PelicanOn Howard looking like a pelican.

“When I said the pelican thing, it was over. No one ever said that. And I was out of line, quite frankly. But when he said, ‘do you think I look like a pelican?’ And I said ‘yes,’ there was no going back, it was a matter of time.”

Howard has “evolved into something different.”

“Howard is 62 years old, and I think he just evolved into something different. And I think he subconsciously, or very consciously, wants to leave behind an amazing library of celebrity interviews, which he’s great at doing. The only issue I think that I agree with that the fans might have is, that it sorta seemed like he was just duping everybody for a long time. It always seemed like he was goofing on show business because he hated it and was really rebellious. And it sorta seems now like he just wanted to be a part of it. …I’m the kind of Stern show guy, both being a fan and being on the show, [who] would rather goof on Jennifer Aniston’s new husband rather than be friends with him. …At the same time, I think the fans should be appreciative of what he gave them for so many years, and respect the fact that he changed. And he’s got a right to do that.”

Potential return?

Howard at one point said, this came out on the air, he said, ‘look, go take as much time as you need to get better. When you come back, you have a job.’ What else could you ask a boss to say?”

How many times are you going to call in about Artie Lange?

artie wcqj howard beef“Artie has a podcast and Stuttering John was on and they were negative about me,” Stern said. “I can’t say I was thrilled about it. I was hurt, but what am I going to do?”

When Hanzi explained to the King of All Media that Lange and Melendez “didn’t badmouth” him, but made references to his overhauled, PC image.

“I know, I hear that all the time that I’m PC, that I’m politically correct,” Stern said. “All right I’m politically correct, what can I tell you?”

“People go nuts because I’m on America’s Got Talent and that’s my sellout moment,” he said. “Or if I have a reasonable conversation with the guest, I’m a sellout. Or if I don’t do some bit I did 20 years ago, I’m a sellout.”

Later Howard went on to address the Artie situation once more. “Artie is a terrific guy, we love Artie, Artie’s a talent but what you’re attempting to do is rile me up. I know what you’re doing, I told you. Artie is terrific, We love Artie, what do you want me to do? You want me to jump up or down or something, what?”

“How many times are you going to call in or tweet me and ask me about Artie?”

The Stench of Failure (Artie Lange Stand Up Comedy Special & Interview)

The Stench of FailureArtie Lange’s newest stand up special was highly anticipated this year, largely because of Artie’s personal struggles which he shared for many years on the Howard Stern Show.

The Stench of Failure was recorded in New Jersey and premiered on Comedy Central. Artie describes it as “stories about me and rehab and drug use and mental homes and general craziness.”

Artie is planning on making his return to the talk radio format on Jan 5th. While his new show won’t be on terrestrial or satellite radio, he is making it available online as a podcast.

Some interesting questions Artie answered during an online question/answer:

Q: When was the last time you talked to Howard Stern?

A: About 2 years ago.

Q: In 2006 you admitted to having a man’s load shot on your chest at an orgy. Since then, have any other men spilled their seed on your body?

A: No, and that was a complete mistake, and no. It’s never happened again, nor will it ever happen again.

Q: Artie, We lost the greatest wack-paker ever, Eric the “Actor”. What was your best memory of this little guy from Sacramento?

A:He came to a comedy gig I did in San Francisco once, and he was onstage for exactly 4 minutes, and got booed offstage and wanted me to pay him $4,000. And I obliged, cuz I loved him, but he had this kind of “I don’t care” attitude that is what you need in show business, I believe.

Q:Loved you on the Stern show, enjoyed both your books too. The show has never been as good since you left. Will you ever do an interview with Stern? Or appear on wrap up maybe?

A:Sure I would if they wanted me to! But the time would have to be right, I think. But of course I would, I would do anything for the show.

Q:What is your podcast going to be like? How many hours/how often, etc? How much will it cost? Loved the direct TV show.

A:The show will be at least 3 times a week for 2 hours per day. And the cost will be $6.95 a month, we’re working on it, nothing too expensive. But it will be COMPLETELY uncensored and a lot of fun, so it’ll be a blast, I promise.

Q:What was your favorite moment ever on Stern?

A:Probably when I got to sing with AC/DC. I got to sing “You Shook Me All Night Long.” Out of a bunch of fun times, that was probably my favorite time.

DIRECTV Cancels The Artie Lange Show

DIRECTV has cancelled The Artie Lange Show, effective immediately, the comedian announced on the program’s last radio show.

Lange, a former sidekick on The Howard Stern Show, has hosted the sports and entertainment talk show on DIRECTV’s Audience Network channel since 2012. But Lange said Monday night that his three-year-contract was set to expire in five months and DIRECTV decided to pull the plug early. He said he was notified last Friday by his agent of the cancellation.

Lange did not offer a specific reason for the cancellation, but the comedian has been battling various personal health issues, including diabetes which caused him to be hospitalized earlier this month.

During his farewell speech on the air on Monday night, Lange noted that DIRECTV invested heavily in a new studio for The Artie Lange Show, but added that ‘business is business,’ suggesting the show is not generating sufficient ratings to stay on the air.