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

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

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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

H/T BuzzFeed | Screengrab via Comedy Central/YouTube

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.