Artie Lange loses '@midnight' appearance, is banned from ESPN
The problem with Twitter is, anyone can see what you write. For comedian Artie Lange, that meant losing a television appearance and being banned from ESPN after a series of tweets.
ESPN issued a statement earlier this week banning the comic after sexually and racially driven comments he made about the network’s reporter Cari Champion after she appeared on First Take.
“His comments were reprehensible and no one should be subjected to such hateful language,” ESPN said in an official statement to Sports Illustrated. “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.”
Lange was also scheduled to appear on @midnight on Thursday, but Comedy Central removed Lange from the night’s lineup of guests.
Lange has since tweeted out apologies, as well as retweeted dozens of followers defending his statements as mere jokes. His original comments about the inciting tweets also focused more on their intended joking nature and less on the reason they were receiving blow back.
Since then, however, he has tweeted more seriously worded tweets professing his apologies for offending Champion and anyone else with his comments.