Artie Lange dropped from ‘@Midnight’ after explicit Twitter rant

The cancellation came after he posted an explicit rant about ESPN2's Cari Champion.

 

Michelle Jaworski

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Published Nov 6, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 6:30 am CDT

Warning: This article contains language that is sexually explicit and may be NSFW.

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Comedian Artie Lange’s scheduled appearance on the late-night Internet game show @Midnight was cancelled after he went on an explicit Twitter rant about Cari Champion, the co-host of ESPN2’s First Take.

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They’re now telling me I can’t appear on @Midnight tonight cause of the pressure they’re getting from these groups.

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 5, 2014

Lange’s sexually explicit rant about Champion included vivid descriptions of several scenarios in which he called her his slave and made other references to slavery.

Here’s the scenario I’m using to jerkoff to chick on First Take I’m T. Jefferson & she’s my slave. She beats the shit out of me & runs free

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 4, 2014

I attempt to whip @CariChampion cuz she disrespected the Jefferson Plantation but she grabs whip & beats me I cum like a fat founding father

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 4, 2014

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The tweets sparked outrage, renewed the debate over the definition of comedy, and sent the hashtag #isupportcari into Twitter‘s trending topics. Once people discovered that Lange had appeared on ESPN in the past, they called for the network to issue a statement condemning Lange’s tweets.

ESPN did issue a statement, saying, “His comments were reprehensible and no one should be subjected to such hateful language. They objectify and demean one of our valued employees under the thin guise of ‘comedy’ and are offensive to all of us. We will not dignify them with any other comment.”

TMZ reported that Lange has now been banned from appearing on ESPN.

Lange tweeted out a lengthy explanation/non-apology to Champion on Wednesday afternoon, telling her that “if this hurt u [sic] in anyway I’m sorry.”

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I won’t debate if the tweets were funny. That could take minutes of precious time left in my career. The issue is do they warrant an apology

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 5, 2014

Tricky question. I would rather load trucks for a living then ever apologize to one of these awful PC groups ruining the country

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 5, 2014

So that’s a NO. But if it upset the lady in question that’s another story. Let me say to @CariChampion if this hurt u in any way I’m sorry

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 5, 2014

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Lange followed his announcement about being yanked from @Midnight with a series of defiant, tone-deaf tweets that showed he had learnt nothing from the incident.

But who cares. I love the show & it’s my living but who cares. These groups have won again. All I care about is @CariChampion Truly

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 5, 2014

But I’m sure you’ll be ok. You’re gorgeous & talented. I hope that didn’t offend u. To the PC army. Congrats! U won again! Gluten free cake!

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 5, 2014

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I don’t hate women. And to u PC groups that did this I wanna be clear. Go FUCK yourselves! Now get back to saving the world. Done. Peace

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 5, 2014

Lange continues to share messages from his supportive fans on his Twitter account.

H/T BuzzFeed | Screengrab via Comedy Central/YouTube

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*First Published: Nov 6, 2014, 2:01 pm CST