“He had no choice but to let me go. I was gonna die and he tried to get me help, he got me into rehab a couple of times and I would leave.”
Comedian Artie Lange recently emerged from a lengthy rehab stint and he wants to apologize to Howard Stern for his past behavior, Page Six reports.
Lange went on the YouTube show AftershockXL and explained, “I feel terrible. I’m going to call him one of these days.”
Lange’s mishaps with drugs were often hilarious fodder for The Howard Stern Show, but Stern became rattled when Lange attempted suicide and backed away from commenting on Artie, even when the comedian trashed him publicly.
Taking Responsibility For His Actions
Now Lange says, “There should be no guilt on Howard’s part. Howard did nothing wrong. All Howard did was try to help me. I love him so much. It’s a shame that anyone in my life would feel any guilt. I f—ed up.”
Lange knew he was putting Stern in a difficult position, and that Howard gave him an incredible gig that any comedian would kill for.
“All he did was give me the best job ever and I take full responsibility,” the comedian explained to New Jersey 101.5. “He had no choice but to let me go. I was gonna die and he tried to get me help, he got me into rehab a couple of times and I would leave… he was in my crazy life, and I don’t think he knew what to do after a while. When a junkie is in your life and you care about them, they start to rip your heart out.”
Stern admitted to the New York Times magazine, “I choose my words about Artie carefully, because I love him. It wasn’t a clean break. It was many years of wanting Artie to get help. I know that a lot of fans want me to talk about Artie and feel it’s a cop-out for me not to. 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.”
Earlier this month on Twitter, Lange announced his return from an extensive rehab stay, and he wrote, “Great to be home! 7 months 14 days but one day at a time. Lots of new stories to tell. Will announce some new tour dates on Friday. Thanks for the support. Love you all.”