Artie has been away from the Stern show since mid December and was hospitalized over the holidays due to a suicide attempt. He has since been released from the hospital but has not returned to the Stern show as of yet.
The chief of HBO Sports on Tuesday apologized for a series of profanities uttered by comic Artie Lange during the launch of new sports talk show anchored by Joe Buck Monday night. Meanwhile, Lange insisted during another outburst on Howard Stern’s Sirius-XM radio show Tuesday that HBO had urged him to go “nuts.”
A clip of Artie’s response from the Howard Stern show in MP3 format is here.
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Lange – also a regular on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and other late night talk shows – couldn’t be reached Tuesday, but in an interview, HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg said, “I would say I’m sorry to anyone across America who had kids and were watching what they thought was a good and honest sports show that turned into gutter language.”
He added: “This isn’t indicative of the kind of product the [HBO] sports department sends out over the airwaves.”
The segment occurred at the end of the pilot edition of “Joe Buck Live.” Buck, one of TV’s best-known football and baseball broadcasters, was conducting cross-talk with other comics on the set, Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis, when Lange made a handful of homophobic cracks and uttered expletives. When the show ended at 10 p.m., the comic panel continued online until Greenburg finally pulled the plug at about 10:07. The HBO executive later told USA Today that Lange’s comments “bordered on bad taste” – a generous understatement – which prompted another outburst from Lange on Stern’s show: “Ross Greenburg, you –, you came up to me and you said if Paul and Jason get boring, you go nuts. That’s what I did.”
Greenburg said Tuesday, “He’s got a little misinterpretation of what I said. Prior to the show I saw him out in the hall and said, ‘Look if you sense a lack of energy up there, I need your energy.’
“The whole episode was regrettable,” Greenburg said. “He should never have been booked. We took a risk.”
Here is Artie calling into Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on Siruis XM: