Artie Lange’s demons forced him out of his chair at The Howard Stern Show back in 2010, mixed in with a suicide attempt and a fight with addiction that went on until 2011. Now he’s clean, on the road, and about to appear in Pete Holmes and Judd Apatow’s new HBO project, Crashing. But according a new interview with WEEI’s Kirk Minihane, The Howard Stern Show still is an open wound that he has trouble healing.
Hitfix pulled out some interesting points in the interview — which you can listen to in its entirety here — and some of the details he shares about Stern and himself show the distance between them since he left the show. There’s also a lot about how their personal lives became fodder for the show and the public perception is misleading:
He didn’t know the extent of it. There’s no way he could’ve. And you know, I get mad when people say Howard didn’t help me. He did. I mean, people didn’t know what happened off the air. I mean, Howard got me a therapist through his therapist, he got me into rehab. Howard at one point said, this came out on the air, he said, ‘look, go take as much time as you need to get better. When you come back, you have a job.’ What else could you ask a boss to say?