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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Stern Show's Artie Lange To HBO Sports Prez Ross Greenberg: "You Motherfucker"

Is Artie Lange of the Howard Stern Show headed for another meltdown, or is he just a rare genuine man in the entertainment business unconcerned with burning bridges. Last night he appeared on HBO's Joe Buck Live for post-game analysis. It may have been career suicide. The over-the-top appearance -- Lange is, after all, on freewheeling satellite radio -- was panned by The Daily News. HBO President Ross Greenberg, doing clean-up, told USA Today, that Lang's appearance "bordered on bad taste" with his "mean-spirited" tone.

"Look, live television is all about risk-reward. We know who Artie Lange was when he was booked. We knew there was a certain degree of a risk factor in where he would go and where he would take us. I think at the end of the day, we'll let the public decide. Much the same way the public decided on the appearance of Will Leitch and Buzz Bissinger. ... The public will have the last say in what they thought of Artie Lange tonight."

Lange addressed the issue on-air today on the Stern Show and Broadcast& Cable's Ben Grossman reports:

"While nabbing the first interview with Brett Favre since he and the Minnesota Vikings began their most recent courtship was a major coup in the sports world, the decision to book Howard Stern sidekick and regular David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel guest Artie Lange may have brought just as much attention in the end.

"Following Lange's appearance on the new HBO show Monday night - in which Lange's typical expletive-filled shtick took aim at targets such as Buck and Cowboys QB Tony Romo - HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg was quoted in USA Today saying Lange 'bordered on bad taste' with his 'mean-spirited' tone.

"So on the Howard Stern Show Tuesday morning on Sirius-XM radio, Lange responded.

"'And Ross Greenburg, you mother f-cker, you came up to me and said, ‘If [fellow panelists] Paul [Rudd] and Jason [Sudeikis] get boring, you go nuts.' So go f-ck yourself, I don't care how important you are in this business.'

"Lange did say that following the appearance,'[Buck] was very friendly to me afterwards.'"

The full story here.

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