Drama, fistfight on-air at the Howard Stern show (update: audio clip)

Anyone who thought shock jock Howard Stern’s radio show would lose steam once it made the leap to satellite radio hasn’t been listening lately. If you have been listening to his Sirius show, you have been witnessing the slow, uncomfortable breakdown of comedian/on-air sidekick Artie Lange. Lange, a portly stand-up comedian who replaced longtime sidekick Jackie Martling and has become a beloved figure on the show, has been gaining even more weight, blackout drinking and dabbling in drugs over the last year, to the point that his co-workers have expressed concern on-air. Lange’s downward spiral finally came to a head yesterday on the air, when he physically attacked his assistant and hurled various epithets at him, and then quit the show.

Stern was finally left speechless yesterday after a brawl erupted inside his Sirius Satellite studio between his hard-partying sidekick Artie Lange and Lange’s assistant, Teddy, which ended with Lange’s quitting the show.

The bickering started off air in the morning, in the hallway adjacent to Stern’s studio. Show staffers overheard Lange screaming at Teddy because Teddy asked him for his passport for the fourth time as he planned their flight to Amsterdam, which was set to take off last night. Lange told Teddy he should have photocopied the passport the first time.

Stern was told they had been bickering and brought it up on air. When Teddy came in to defend himself, Lange snapped.

“He’s a loser,” yelled Lange. “He’s the most unorganized assistant. I want to fire him, but he has no money. I hope he dies of AIDS.”

Lange, who pays Teddy $24,000 a year for part-time work, then accused Teddy of embarrassing him in front of friends last week in LA when he called Bloomingdale’s department store by its nickname, Bloomie’s, and announced the store didn’t have something in Lange’s size.

“I think I hired a fag,” said Lange. “I wanted to throw him out the window.”

Lange then threw a cup of water at Teddy and lunged at him, throwing a punch that didn’t land. Show writer Benjy Bronk jumped on Lange and held him back, while Ronnie “The Limo Driver” Mund burst in to get Teddy out of the studio.

Lange blamed Stern for the fight, saying that Stern “pushed” him to the breaking point and that he couldn’t guarantee he wouldn’t snap again in the future. He then told Stern he loved him and resigned.

“Don’t ever mention Bloomie’s around the guy,” Stern sighed.

One show insider says that the staff loves Lange and is “extremely upset” but that it’s out of Stern’s hands and that Sirius management will soon decide Lange’s fate. The show is on a break next week.

Both Lange and Teddy failed to return calls for comment. Lange was last spotted by a fan at the Brooklyn Diner on West 57th, drowning his sorrows in a plate of food.

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It’s a shame that Lange is at such a low point that he feels the need to lash out both physically and verbally at someone “smaller” than him. The poor kid is making what equates to less than minimum wage and doesn’t deserve to be called names and attacked. Hopefully, Lange will check himself into rehab, look back on this and realize that this was his “rock bottom” moment. Stern, for his part, was extremely upset at the end of the broadcast and tried to defuse the situation, asking Artie to go cool off and then come back to work tomorrow, but it was too late.

Update by Celebitchy: Here’s the audio clip, which was initially blocked by Sirius through a cease and desist they sent out. Sirius has since issued the OK to publish it. Thanks to Rowdy on Redlasso for this clip.

Artie Lang is shown at “Artie Lang’s Beer League” premiere on 9/16/06, thanks to PRPhotos.


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  1. elisha says:

    I love Arite on the show. This post will undoubtedly get some “I hate Howard Stern” comments. But as a broadcaster, I totally respect Stern and what he’s done for our industry.

    Also, by my math, $24,000 for part time work is much better than minimum wage. It’s more than I make.

    20 hours a week X 52 weeks a year = 1040 total hours of work

    $24,000 / 1040 hours = $23.07 an hour

    Is that right? I’m not very good at math. But I’d take that!!

  2. Anon10101 says:

    All feelings toward Stern put aside, I think Artie Lange is a very talented comedian and I hope he can turn things around. He obviously has people around him that care for him and want him to be and do well. I remember hearing them discuss Artie’s problems on air in the days before they went to Sirius, which means this has been going on for years. He’s doing so well with the radio show and his stand up – Sadly, I guess money doesn’t always buy happiness…

    Get well soon Artie!!

  3. bub says:

    Teddy also has another job so for part time work that’s pretty good.

  4. mutterhals says:

    I always hated Lang. He is a huge crybaby. Way to ruin the best thing that’s ever happened to him. He’s like Chris Farley without the talent. Good riddance.

  5. neelyo says:

    I used to listen to the Howard Stern show and enjoyed it except for Artie Lange. He has many issues, one of the largest being homophobia. This isn’t the first time he’s thrown around epithets like that. Whatever talent he has is hidden behind hate speech and from the looks of it, an additional 75 or so pounds since I last saw any photos of him. I hope he gets help, but good riddance.

  6. LJ says:

    $24,000 a year for what Teddy does is not bad plus Artie gave him two $8,000 bonuses last year and lent him an additonal $5,000 that instead of paying back he is going on vacation to Amsterdam with the guys. Just like most people surrounding Artie Teddy is a user who just takes from Artie and shows him no respect. Artie shouldn’t have exploded like that but Howard provoked the whole thing.

  7. Jeremy says:

    Obviously none of you listened to the show live. $24,000 is Teddy’s base pay he also received 2 $8,000 bonuses from Artie throughout the year to raise his “part-time” wage to $40,000, which is only $10,000 less than I make working 40 hours a week.

    Artie’s homophobic comments are usually schtick and if any of you retards listened to the show you would know that. Everyone is blaming Art for this but Howard and Teddy had just as much to do with it as Artie.

    Teddy for being in the amount of debt that he is in is always begging Art for money. Artie being the kind hearted guy he is gives it to him and never makes Teddy pay him back. Howard is at fault because he is the puppet master behind the scenes. Teddy asked to leave the room numerous times during the argument and Howard kept him in the studio for the “radio gold” they were creating.

    Hey a person can only take so much crap before they snap, and Artie snapped yesterday. You never know this may be a mastermind tactic by the great Howard Stern. They are on a break next week, what a way to end the show before the break…..Think about it.

  8. elisha says:

    Jeremy, looks like you’re the only one who didn’t read anything. All of the comments say the same thing as you; that 24,000 is excellent pay for an assistant.

  9. Manuel Hung says:

    $24,000 base salary plus he said he “loaned” him $16,000 plus lets him buy stuff for himself with arties credit card. Teddy will never pay that back. I bet artie is out over $50,000 a year on teddy plus teddy gets to travel and party. Add on $30-40,000 a year for his regular job at sirius. Thats a lot of money and benefits for a guy with NO skills at all. Everyone talks about how crappy Teddy is as an assistant.

  10. Richie says:

    Teddy’s salary is $24,000 but he gets an additional $21,000 in bonus money bringing his “part time” asssitant job to over $45,000 a year per yesterdays show. Not bad money. Whoever wrote this article should do a little more research…..

  11. neelyo says:

    Jeremy, I am not retarded, but I am gay and was a regular listener of Stern until he went to Sirius. Since you’re so free with your assumptions, I’m going to do the same with you. If you listen to Howard on a regular basis and think Artie is a victim, you’re probably a white heterosexual male and as such have probably never had to hear yourself put down on a daily basis in the media, all in the name of fun or shtick, as you prefer.

    Oh to hell with it, I was going to try and write something intelligent and profound but just, fuck you Jeremy for your ignorance.

  12. Cindy Kennedy says:

    Howard who?

  13. TVdinner says:

    Oh wow Cindy, that is SUCH a fresh and clever comment! Nobody has ever heard that before! “Howard who?” HAHAHAHAA OMG THAT IS SOOOO FUNNY! Man, YOU should replace Artie on the show, since you are obviously such a comedy genius!


    I mean really, can’t you people just STFU already? Let me guess, you are an O&A fan…right? What’s next? Are you gonna trot out the equally clever and fresh “Hoo hoo”? Jesus….

    Anyways, I hope Artie comes back, the show just won’t be the same without him. And yes, I listen every day, but I missed this since I listen to the replay in the afternoon since I don’t get up til like, 12pm. Damn them for not replaying it, and damn them for being on vacation next week! I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS…NOW!

  14. Frederik says:

    No punch was thrown. He never got close to Teddy.

  15. xxx says:

    Artie’s in trouble. He’s a heart attack waiting to happen with the weight and livin’ large (no pun intended). He’s a typical hothead Italian and I am sure he now regrets what happened. I hope he can put himself back together, Howard will take him back.

  16. ANON says:

    Yes he needs to get himself together. He’s on the John Belushie..Chris Farley path. And that’s not good.

  17. Jim says:

    Howard jumped the shark(I hate that term) when he dumped Jackie and divorced Allison. Artie was never funny.He added nothing to the show.I grew tired of Howard’s whining.His appeal was that of the frustrated everyman,lashing out at his staff and the world.Suddenly he got divorced,started banging a model,and became a name dropping,insufferable douche,much like the ones he made fun of for so long.F Howard and Artie!

  18. xxx says:

    He didn’t dump Jackie, Jackie quit when he didn’t get a raise and that was an issue with CBS, the parent company not HS. CBS was the one paying Jackie, not Howard. I never thought Artie was funny either. After HS moved to Sirius he’s had Jackie back a few times. His show does get a little tiring now as all they do is talk about themselves.

  19. Dr Remulak says:

    Artie was never really any good. His whole act is being a fat drunken mess. If you like loud fat guys who incessantly brag about their beer/narcotics intake, Artie is for you. Jackie was WAY funnier.

  20. RJII says:

    Artie leaves, I’m going to leave Sirius. Artie is cool and funny and a nice guy who opens himself honestly to the audience. Howard rarely has his back.

    Artie goes, I go.

  21. courtney says:

    24k for part time is not minimum wage. i make 20k a year full time. approximately $10/hour.
    so um
    fuck you

  22. mike lanzilotta says:

    artie rocks.the show would not be worth listening or watchind without lange

  23. ghostwriter says:

    Heard recently that Artie will be back soon to talk about everything that happened since he tried to commit suicide. Should be interesting, though I don’t know if it will be true.