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Artie Lange to Howard: I Know How to Quit You?

4/11/2008 12:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Artie Lange stormed off the "Howard Stern Show" today, causing pangs of anxiety throughout Howard's loyal legions of fans that the bloated comic indeed put a fork in himself and would not be coming back.
Arite quits Stern?

The drama started when Artie and his assistant, Teddy, were heard fighting in the hallway. Howard later brought it up on air, causing Artie to lose his damn mind and at one point lunge at the assistant.

Sources close to the show tell TMZ that both the fight and the situation are definitely real. As for Artie never coming back -- we're not so sure.

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91.

Chris Farley    

Artie, you're a hack and a has been --- hell, a never was! Keep up the good work you sloppy Coke whore! See you soon....

2299 days ago
92.

Canuck    

Artie you are too big for your britches--figuratively and literally. You are NOT funny. You have no talent. Maybe Howard will buy a pencil or two off of you when you are out on the sidewalk selling them in a few months time.
You shouldn't have looked this gift horse in the mouth my friend. You are SCREWED !
Queue the Bobby D soundbite "You blew it !!!".

2299 days ago
93.

B    

Artie has been a great addition to the show! We love Artie! If you are a true listener of the show
then you understand Artie and his frustrations. His just happen to happen on air. He was talking a long time
ago about possibly leaving, this is nothing new to Stern Fans!

I hope Artie gets help if he is having problems again. He is so funny and really ads to the show. To those who left Stern b/c of Artie, were not real fans to begin with.

2299 days ago
94.

Anthony G.    

Let me try to explain my take. Artie is a bully. I don't think he is evil. He's just a bully. And he has decided that the only way to be funny is to live up to some Jersey Low Life - Fat guy - Out of control persona. The thing about Stern Show ( and I have listened daily for 20 years) it has become the "emperor's new clothes show" that's the story of the emperor who get conned into buying a suit made out of invisible thread and all his subjects are to cowardly to tell him he's naked. That's what the show has become. When Howard now completely out of touch with reality since he's worth almost a billion dollars tries to act and act it like the common carry a bucket little guy he misses wildly but his ass kissing crew just goes along with everything and anything lame to the determent of the show. He looks to his crew for real guy on the street story lines and bits, but the sad part is his crew is a bunch of losers who aren't the least funny or interesting in their private lives. Stuttering John, Jacky, Gorillo, elephant boy, hank and the other original wack packers were just that original and funny. The show is now a parody of itself. Grasping at anything to try and stay fresh but missing badly.

2299 days ago
95.

Winky Vitalic    

hey howard's sheep: your name should be "jackass" instead. dear, dear idiot - sirius had 600,000 subscribers before howard and almost 8 million after. howard is worth every penny of the $500M investment. you are a jealous loser.

i love the howard critics who don't listen to the show nor do they have their facts straight. go back to listening to low class regular radio - hope you enjoy the commercials every 5 minutes. i'll keep my sirius instead.

2299 days ago
96.

Winky Vitalic    

and anthony - behind every bully is an insecure, self-hating loser. i agree with whoever thinks artie fell off the wagon - he has been very erratic in recent weeks.

art - please get some help!!!!!

2299 days ago
97.

Daneen    

Lange will be back b/c without riding Howard's coattails he's not much of anything. And BTW Artie, you aren't a Belushi or a Farley, so just clean it up already.

2299 days ago
98.

just a thought    

Artie is Great, atleast he admitts he's on drugs.., he has been off Heroin for a year and hasn't done any drugs, so all of you who say he's a crack ead and whatever else, you are TOTALLY WRONG.., Everyone Has been screwing artie out of money, yes he's out of control, He does need some anger management classes but he's great i just saw him on Saturday at the Universal amp, He was Awesome and Sold out 6000 Seats, So he Can't be that bad,, HOPE YOU WORK THINGS OUT ARTIE, WE LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU DEARLY IF YOU DON'T COME BACK TO HOWARD...

2299 days ago
99.

just a thought    

#88 ARE YOU CRAZY.. HE HAS DONE TONS OF MOVIES, AND TONS OF SHOW'S, THAT HE HAS SOLD OUT, EVEN CARNAGY HALL... YES HOWARD GOT HIM IN THERE BUT, HOWARD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS COMEDY SHOW'S AND IF HE'S SOOOO BAD WHY DOES HE SELL EVERYTHING OUT?? HE'S GOT LOTS OF FANS, SO DON'T SAY HE'S RIDING HOWARDS COATTAILS..IT'S NOT TRUE...KEEP YOUR HEAD UP ARTIE... HOPE THE PLANE RIDE TO AMSTERDAM WAS GOOD SINCE YOUR MONEY HUNGRY ASSISTANT WAS ON THE SAME FLIGHT..

2299 days ago
100.

Dick Fitzwell    

I can not stand Howard nor Artie but as Artie stated Howard does crave this type of fighting. He is always trying to stir the pot to get friction, good radio right? Well now Howard can give up on that loser Artie, and look for a new jackass to fill the worn out seat of the slob Artie

2299 days ago
101.

jesali    

I too was listening live when the poop hit the fan.
I think Howard did egg Artie on, but it was obvious that Artie went berserk. While I possibly believe Howard's refusal to air the replay was done for Artie's best interests, it's still wrong for him not to address the fans at all. The website has not been updated either, giving the stench of either a publicity stunt or legal action. Howard is defintely going to lose respect if he does not do something soon, as cries of, "hypocrite!" can already be heard throughout Stern fans since he is supposedly such a free speech guru.
Artie, get some help and come back!! Howard, tell us what is going or at least address it, or go to hell.

2299 days ago
102.

blake    

STERN IS GOD!!!!!!!

ARTIE IS JESUS!!

I AM NOT SURE WHO ROBIN, FRED, OR BABABOOEY ARE THOUGH

2299 days ago
103.

danny    

I think Artie is the best, but thats way out of line. Artie needs some serious couch time!

2299 days ago
104.

Who Gives a Rats Patooty    

Howard has sucked since Billy West left the show in 1991.
Jackie Martling was a no-talent hack.
Artie is just a big loser - a fat drunken gambling addict who will be dead very soon.
Think Chris Farley without any talent.

2299 days ago
105.

Long legged mack daddy    

#92 - Peace: "Here is the interesting behind the scene thing though. Howard would not let the replay on the air. He has a LOT to lose ($500M in Sirius stock). So he wants to avoid any guilt legally. Why is this an issue? Well, duiring the show Howard was already spinning that Teddy was 'employed' by Artie and Artie should have known better. Well, who employs Artie? Bingo. Howard is in the chain of guilt. He employs Artie and should not have harassed Artie."

That's nonsense. If you listened to the show you would know that everyone from Riley Martin to Fred to Robin to Artie is NOT employed by Howard. They are all employed by Sirius. When Howard announced his contract signing on Terrestrial radio he announced that he had signed with Sirius. At that point, he encouraged the others to talk to Sirius and get signed by them as well. Obviously, Howard strongly encouraged Sirius to sign them and they did. But Howard himself does not employ them.

I don't know why they pulled the replay and you don't either. It's not like Sirius would have less legal issues because it only aired once. They may not have had the replay ready to go due to the distraction caused by the days events or maybe Howard just wanted it pulled because it disturbed him or maybe Sirius asked them not to replay it because it disturbed them. Who knows?

2299 days ago
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