Technically his contract was not renewed. So not fired.
Originally Posted by BenBas
Artie Lange was back in the studio at Sirius XM for the first time in two and a half years this week, and he talked about what it was like to be back at his old Howard Stern Showhome.
"The last time I was here, the date was December 9, 2009," said Lange. "I left a week early [for holiday break]. Tim Sabean
…the great man over there, said to me: ‘You shouldn’t come back until you’re better’. Cause, my last day I was really f**ked up. I was spilling water on Benjy, and we can’t have that…So, they said: ‘You gotta go to rehab’. That was the first time they ever sort of put their foot down with that...And I was just out of my mind, so I went away and I didn’t come back. A lot of trouble happened after that.”
Artie Lange talks final Howard Stern Show broadcast
Major trouble. Less than a month after his final day on air, Lange nearly died after stabbing himself 9 times with a 13-inch kitchen knife. Lange now states that he wasn't actually attempting suicide with the self-mutiliation, but rather was so unbalanced and desperate to get high, he convinced himself that losing a large amount of blood would make him feel all nice and floaty.
Incidentally, Lange states that he was never officially "fired" from the Howard Stern Show
Lange has been openly pushing for a guest appearance on the Howard Stern Show to promote his new memoir "Crash and Burn" which comes out this fall
"It was a mutual thing, because—I mean, I was doing heroin
, and I had been for a long time, and it was part of my body. I had to get rid of it mentally and physically. So, I went to a rehab and I left early, after eight days. Then, I went to a psych ward, but I left that early...And when I got out of that, it was pretty obvious I wasn’t going to come back here—for a long time...I never was officially fired. Everyone was sort of like: ‘Look, it’s better off if you get better’ and I was like: ‘I’m going to try to’. And time went on, and it just sort of mutually went apart. And it wasn’t officially over until about a year and a half after I left. It took that long.”