Artie Lange was a regular guest on Late Night With Conan O’Brien throughout the show’s 16 year run. The literal embodiment of the term, “brutal honesty,” Lange’s appearances were known for their jaw dropping moments of candor, including references to his own binge drinking and hard drug use.
Even at 12:30 a.m., the big guy was pushing it (NBC still counts as network TV, right?). Now that Conan’s vying for a wider, more family-oriented 11:30 p.m. audience, Lange gets the impression that his antics might not fly. Here’s what he had to say to the Daily News:
I’d been on Late Night 15 times in the last 11 years, and they were great to me,” said Lange. “But the last time I was on, they thought I was high, and now they won’t put me on until I prove I’m sober. I am sober. I can’t be a third guest? I mean, I’m not asking to bump George Clooney.
Those quotes were printed in the News on Tuesday. The night before, Lange didn’t help out his chances of ever landing on Conan’s show again when he appeared on sports commentator Joe Buck’s new HBO show Joe Buck Live. During his segment he called out Buck on his lack of talent, implied that he was gay by asking him if he visited suckingcock.com often and generally tore the host a new asshole. Check out the video below.
As a result, HBO announced that Lange will never have him appear on Buck’s show or any sports show again. We don’t think Lange is going to care about this. But he does seem to care about Conan and the producers at The Tonight Show. Will they, in light of his latest media appearance, ever book him again? What do you think?