Comedian Artie Lange, who’s completing a drug court rehab program in New Jersey, is missing his old friend Howard Stern.
Lange was captured on video, in a clip his team shared on social media, working at a gas station as part of a drug court rehab program. A noticeably slimmer Lange had a message for Stern, his former boss on The Howard Stern Show.
Lange was Stern’s sidekick from 2001 to 2009, when he took what was originally a hiatus to deal with his addiction to drugs and alcohol. After a January 2010 suicide attempt, he never returned to his position, although Stern said Lange wanted to be back on the air. It was messy.
Both have kind words for each other now.
“If this gets back to Howard, tell him I love him,” the Crashing star said in the new footage. “I love him to death and I miss him.”
The team at the Radio Misfits podcast first shared the undated video on Wednesday. They described it as having been taken “recently.”
Just a week ago, Stern spoke out about his relationship (or lack of one) with Lange in the New York Times Magazine. The shock jock was asked if there was a possibility Lange could ever come back on his show.
“I choose my words about Artie carefully, because I love him,” Stern said. “What’s happening with Artie makes me very sad. We’ve lost touch, and that’s my doing. I got my fingers crossed for the guy. And it wasn’t a clean break. It was many years of wanting Artie to get help. I know that a lot of fans want me to talk about Artie and feel it’s a cop-out for me not to. I’ll take that. I don’t want to do anything that would rock his boat. I get sad talking about Artie. He was a tremendous contributor. But we had to move on.”
Artie Lange through the years
Artie Lange through the years
Artie Lange (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Artie Lange of the Howard Stern Show during K-Rock Claus-Fest 2003 - Day Two at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by David Pomponio/FilmMagic)
Artie Lange during The 10th Annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival - Day One at St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Artie Lange during Howard Stern Last Day Live Event - Arrivals at Hard Rock Cafe Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Sirius Satellite Radio)
Artie Lange during Artie Lange Sighting at The Borgata - November 17, 2006 at The Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
Ralph Macchio, Artie Lange, Cara Buono, Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 17: Actor/writer Artie Lange poses for a portrait during the 'CineVegas Film Festival' on June 17, 2006 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images for CineVegas)
Artie Lange during First Annual Spike TV's Guys Choice - Arrivals at Radford Studios in Studio City, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Artie Lange during Jamie Foxx Launches 'The Foxxhole' Channel - January 23, 2007 at Sirius Satellite Radio Station in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jason Kempin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JUNE 06: Radio personality Artie Lange attends a taping of the 'Late Show With David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater June 06, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 25: Artie Lange attends a signing of 'Too Fat To Fish' at Barnes & Noble on November 25, 2008 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 05: Radio personality Artie Lange visits the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Artie Lange perfoms at the Borgata Event Center Borgata Hotel Casino Atlantic City New Jersey February 16, 2008 (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 27: Comedian, actor and radio personality Artie Lange (C) asks a question of contestant Roxanne Martinez, (R) while Tan Ngo looks on during a taping of 'A Search For The Next Miss Howard TV' at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 27, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 905 -- Pictured: (l-r) Artie Lange with host Jimmy Fallon during an interview on October 4, 2013-- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Artie Lange attends Meet the Author at the Apple Store Soho on November 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Actor/Comedian Artie Lange seen in the East Village on October 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Comedian Artie Lange performs during the Christmas Without Tears New York Concert at BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building on December 1, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - FEBRUARY 05: Comedian Artie Lange hosts Super Bowl Weekend Party With Artie Lange at The Stress Factory Comedy Club on February 5, 2016 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by the Essex County Sheriff, Comedian and radio personality Artie Lange poses for his mugshot after being arrested for failing to appear in court on December 12, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. Lang's court date originated from charges from an arrest in May. (Photo by Essex County Sheriff via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Artie Lange attends 'Gilbert' during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
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This is quite a change from their relationship in February 2017, at least according to Lange’s words to Philly Voice. He had been asked whether the two spoke after his departure.
“No, no. We hate each other’s guts. It had a terrible ending,” Lange said. “I became a heroin addict. I fell asleep on his show. That led to a fight and that’s what happens — then you go into rehab and, you know, they tell you, you lose friends.”
Lange was sentenced to four years of probation in 2018 for heroin possession. After he was found to have violated probation by testing positive for cocaine during it, he went to jail for roughly two weeks in January.
Lange assured the person behind the camera in the new video that he plans to return to comedy.