Howard Stern "Very Sad" About Former Sidekick Artie Lange

By Bryan Le 05/13/19

The shock jock wishes the best for Lange, who is doing community service following a 2018 drug conviction.

Artie Lange of the Howard Stern Show signing his new book Too Fat To Fish at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at The Grove in Los Angeles CA.
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Update May 22, 2019: On May 21, Artie Lange was arrested for violating terms of his probation. Read more here.

Radio host Howard Stern is sad about what’s happening with Artie Lange, according to the New York Times Magazine. On what has been a rocky journey between drug abuse and recovery, Lange is doing community service for a 2018 heroin possession charge.

“I choose my words about Artie carefully, because I love him,” said Stern. “What’s happening with Artie makes me very sad.”

Lange has long struggled with substance abuse, evident in his deviated septum that was a result of years of cocaine and heroin abuse.

In 2009, Lange was asked to leave The Howard Stern Show over his excessive drug use. The next year, Lange attempted to commit suicide by drinking bleach and repeatedly stabbing himself in the stomach.

“We’ve lost touch, and that’s my doing. I got my fingers crossed for the guy. And it wasn’t a clean break. It was many years of wanting Artie to get help.”

Eventually, the split between Lange and the show was made permanent.

“I know that a lot of fans want me to talk about Artie and feel it’s a cop-out for me not to," commented Stern. “I’ll take that. I don’t want to do anything that would rock his boat. I get sad talking about Artie. He was a tremendous contributor. But we had to move on.”

Lange’s fellow comedians urged him to get help as he struggled.

“Artie, this is my 1000th request over decades to beg you to surrender to your addictions,” tweeted Richard Lewis. “We had the most laughs sober. I love you. You're beloved and a magnificent comedian cursed with self loathing and fear. Give it up and live."

Comedian Jackie Martling also said his piece.

“coming up to 18 years [sober] in May. in early 2001 I’d have laughed at the idea of not drinking for 18 *days.* Art, I know you know the laughs are just as hearty on this side. I love you and am of course 100% in your very crowded corner,” he tweeted.

As for Lange, he passed a message to his fans through his Twitter team.

“It’s true i’m working to satisfy my drug court program. I work with great people. Nothing wrong with a little hard work. Love you all and can’t wait to be back on stage,” Lange said, according to the tweet.

A representative for Lange confirmed that “this is work Artie is doing as part of his [New Jersey] drug court case. He is working with a refuse company daily as he continues treatment.”

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