Artie Lange's Schtick Prompts HBO Apology
June 17, 2009 at 5:30 AM (PT)
HBO SPORTS President ROSS GREENBURG has issued an apology for off-color remarks by SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO "HOWARD STERN SHOW" sidekick ARTIE LANGE on MONDAY's debut episode of "JOE BUCK LIVE." LANGE was a guest on the final panel of the pilot episode along with actor PAUL RUDD and "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" cast member JASON SUDEIKIS, but LANGE quickly took over the show with gay-themed jokes about BUCK and DALLAS COWBOYS quarterback TONY ROMO and comic disdain for BUCK and the show.
NEWSDAY reports that GREENBURG said, "I would say I'm sorry to anyone across AMERICA who had kids and were watching what they thought was a good and honest sports show that turned into gutter language ... This isn't indicative of the kind of product the [HBO] sports department sends out over the airwaves."
A previous remark by GREENBURG that LANGE's comments "bordered on bad taste" drew LANGE's fire on STERN's TUESDAY morning show, with the comic claiming, "ROSS GREENBURG, you ----, you came up to me and you said if PAUL and JASON get boring, you go nuts. That's what I did." GREENBURG claimed TUESDAY that LANGE's complaint was "a little misinterpretation of what I said. Prior to the show I saw him out in the hall and said, 'Look, if you sense a lack of energy up there, I need your energy.' The whole episode was regrettable. He should never have been booked. We took a risk."