On 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.