Howard Stern says Artie Lange 'no longer a sideshow,' refuses to discuss Lange's 2010 suicide attempt

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Howard Stern opened up about former sidekick Artie Lange on his Sirius XM radio show, getting angry at a caller who wanted gory details about Lange’s gruesome January 2010 suicide attempt.

The stand-up comedian and radio personality repeatedly stabbed himself with a kitchen knife, before being found in his Hoboken, N.J. apartment by his mother, barely clinging to life. It was the culmination of years of personal drama, much of it aired publicly on The Howard Stern Show, involving major drug abuse and erratic behavior.

With Lange set to launch a new comedic sports show on Fox Sports Network this September with Nick DiPaolo, a caller on the Stern show suggested that he should call in to discuss his suicide attempt. Stern responded, “I don’t discuss Artie’s business on the radio … Stop with the nonsense! Artie needs care, and me commenting on Artie — on whether he called me, whether he didn’t call me — it’s irrelevant. Artie needs to survive. Artie is no longer a sideshow. In my world, Artie can’t be a sideshow. Artie calling in and giving us all the details? All the gory details?” 

Stern’s reluctance to weigh in may come as a surprise to long-time listeners. Lange used to regularly discuss his struggle with substance abuse on-air, including his history of heroin addiction and subsequently painful withdrawal. On April 10, 2008, he walked off the show after an on-air altercation with his personal assistant, Teddy, but Sirius allowed him to return to the airwaves under the condition that another such incident would result in his immediate termination. After his suicide attempt last year, he spent eight months in a psychiatric ward, and just this month made his initial return to the air (with DiPaolo) for a guest-hosting spot on Fox Sports Network, during which he said this about a possible return to The Howard Stern Show: “That would be the greatest thing ever. But, you know… Listen, I was on the greatest show of all-time for about nine years and I put them in a very awkward situation to say the least. So what am I gonna do? But I love them all and they were great to me.”

When Stern was asked about Lange possibly returning to his lair, he said, “I don’t need his family saying I did something wrong. I don’t need Artie saying I did something — I want him to be happy. And I really am pulling for him. I’m on his team 100 percent — and I mean that.”

So a Stern-Lange reunion doesn’t seem likely anytime soon. PopWatchers, do you hope they can reteam at some point? And what do you make of The King of All Media’s refusal to discuss the situation, when clearly he had no problem airing Lange’s dirty laundry for years before?


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  • Mr. Holloway

    Yes, it seems more than a bit hypocritical for Stern to refuse to discuss Lange’s personal business on the air when doing so brought a great deal of attention to his show.

    However, I like that Stern seems ok with looking like a bit of hypocrite rather than continuing air Lange’s dirty laundry.

    • Ken

      The final paragraph of the article, as well as the comments by Mr. Holloway, are beyond stupid. It was NEVER Stern “airing Lange’s dirty laundry”. Never. Artie told his own stories. In fact, Artie’s first ever appearance on Stern’s show was when he came in with NORM MCDONALD, who proceeded to put Artie on the spot about retelling a story about Artie and drugs during Artie’s first meeting with Bob Saget while making “Dirty Work”.

      • Mr. Holloway

        Oh, my mistake Ken.
        I was under the impression that much of Artie’s struggles were repeatedly and well-documented on THE HOWARD STERN SHOW. And seeing as how it was Howard’s show, I foolishly assumed that Stern had some say over what was discussed on his own show. (Eye roll.)
        Stern may not have directly aired Lange’s laundry, but he ABSOLUTELY prodded him and gave him a giant forum to do so. So he’s not blameless.

      • Mr. Holloway

        (Whoops, sorry for the double post.)

      • etm

        Exactly, Ken. Artie was right there by Howard’s side telling the stories. Artie aired his own dirty laundry.

      • Shannon

        Exactly this^

      • RIchard Christy

        Fox Sports Network is muh favorite!

      • Joseph

        I think the point Howard is trying to make is: Regardless of what Artie has revealed in the past, he hadn’t TRIED TO KILL HIMSELF at that point (not to this extent at least…as far as we know. Yeah, I know. It’s Artie we’re talking about here.) Stern has every reason to be afraid of triggering a devastating turn of events, regardless of how irrational it might be.

    • POES

      I’d kill myself too if I looked like that…

      • ^

        *crickets*

      • Lil Jo

        A $$

    • derek

      What kind of sicko wants to hear the gory details of self-inflicted knife wounds anyway? “Hey Artie was it a butcher knife, a steak knife, or did the news get it wrong, could it have been an ice pick? What angle was the knife? Was it a stabbing motion or more of just jamming it in?”
      Discussing your drug addiction is one thing, going into detail about repeatedly stabbing yourself with a knife is quite another. The very idea that somebody would hear about that, and want to know the gory details is just disgusting! That’s the person that really needs help.

    • TTS

      Obviously, you are not a fan of Howard Stern so shut up. As you can see, Artie has no hard feelings and Howard is doing the right thing. We all learn from past mistakes. Enough said.

      • derek

        Were you responding to me? I said nothing about Howard Stern. I was talking about the weirdo that wanted the gory details about how Artie tried to commit suicide.

  • Junie

    What Howard is doing is being a stand up guy. He knows that airing Artie’s dirty laundry could be damaging to Artie. All that anyone on the show wants is that Artie is healthy.

    • @Junie

      That’s only true (a stand-up guy) if he also stops airing other people’s “dirty laundry”, because that’s what a real stand-up guy would do.

  • Kwise

    Stern expects his guests to air their dirty laundry all the time, asking personal, insensitive questions. And now, he sees it’s not so fun….

    • James

      There’s a difference here. Artie’s health and mental well-being is obviously fragile. They are talking about his life. When Artie could joke about his situation then it’s fair game on their show. But the man tried to stab himself repeatedly. If Howard is trying to respect a friend and former co-worker, how can anyone have a problem with this? Good for him.

  • Are You Kidding Me ?

    Any long time listener of Stern would verify that he is a huge hypocrite ! He said he would never go hollywood , leave his wife Allison , or refuse to talk about everything in his personal life – all of which he did in spades . He’s most likely feeling guilty about ignoring Artie’s addictions and telling him to go the hell home and get help !

    • Incredulous

      Allison left him.

  • Are You Kidding Me ?

    edit ; NOT telling him to go home and get help !

  • JD

    Sounds like Stern realizes it’s okay to draw the line somewhere. Let’s hope he keeps it up for others who are not his close friends.

  • Lizzie

    Stern makes rape jokes about victims of Columbine, but discussing his friend’s struggles over substance abuse is off limits? Really now.

    • George

      That old lie? Howard never made “rape jokes about victims of Columbine.” Use facts to back up your argument rather than debunked nonsense.

      • LISA G TAKES SHTS AT WORK!

        Lmao well Lizzie backed up her post so now what? And by the way, tmz is usually pretty much on the money.

      • STEVE LANGFORD HAS A HUGE P*NIS!

        Sour? Can you hear me?

      • Marisa45

        You are right. The nut cases come out when talking about Howard Stern. Most of us who enjoy hims and get him, have more brains then these idiots. They just don’t get it and they ‘never will.’

    • David

      idiot! Stern never EVER made a rape joke about Columbine.

    • etm

      Yeah, Lizzie, what are you talking about? Please don’t comment based on hearsay.

      • Lizzie

        April 21, 1999, the day after the Columbine High School massacre; commenting on the mass murders, Stern said on his show, ‘There were some really good-looking girls running with their hands over their heads. Did those kids try to have sex with any of those good-looking girls? They didn’t even do that? At least if you’re going to kill yourself and kill the kids, why wouldn’t you have some sex? If I was going to kill some people, I’d take them out with sex.’ Stern’s comments led to widespread public outrage, and the Colorado State Legislature issued an official censure against Stern.

      • Incredulous

        Lizzie just cut and pasted from TMZ, that bastion of fact-finding.

        And if you look at Stern’s remark and the context around it, he’s actually mocking the killers. If you listened to that whole show, then you know that he talked to his teen daughter about the whole thing too.

    • JPX

      Lizzie, it’s obvious that you listen to the Howard Stern Show; doesn’t that make you a hypocrite?

    • barry mccocinher

      Obviously you are another person who does not listen to the show other than soundbites or what you are told.

  • bob dobbs

    howard was ok before artie, a daily scream-fest with artie, a total bore after. he’s a tired old bitter unfunny bloodsucking parasite. artie stay away!

  • whatevs

    It’s pretty obvious that the only reason he’s avoiding the issue is because he doesn’t want any of the blame if one day Artie does succeed.

  • JPX

    Artie Lange has borderline personality disorder, which means impulsivity, mood instability, and suicide attempts. Stern is a smart man and does not want to be accused of contributing to Lange’s unpredictability. Lange has been fired from every job he’s ever had and his latest venture will be no different. A pathetic individual.

  • Shan

    It is Artie’s story to tell – not Howard’s. I have respect for Howard not being so public about the whole incident.

    • @shan

      “It’s Artie’s story to tell” Really? Since when has that stopped Howard Stern from telling other people’s stories regardless of how it affects them?

      • Bob

        If you really ever listened to Stern over the years, he is very protective and loyal to his friends. Everyone else be damned. That’s what’s going on here.

  • joe

    We wish Artie well, he is saying all the right things to try to return to Howard’s show. But, it will never happen. Howard never forgives or forgets. WE LOVE ARTIE !

  • rerun

    Howard just didn’t realize how dire Artie’s circumstances were. I’m sure a lot of people have been there with friends or family members.

  • Ryan Dunn Driving Academy

    2001-2009. Stern’s best years by far.

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