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    Nov 5, 2014

    Artie Lange's Appearance On "@Midnight" Cancelled After Explicit Twitter Rant

    The comedian came under fire Tuesday for his tweets about a sexual fantasy with an ESPN host.

    Updated – Nov. 5, 3:18 PM ET:

    On Wednesday, comedian and television personality Artie Lange tweeted that his appearance on late-night comedy show @Midnight had been cancelled due to his tweets regarding Cari Champion, host of ESPN2's First Take.

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

    Artie Lange@artiequitterFollow

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

    3:10 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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@artiequitterFollow

    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

    3:11 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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@artiequitterFollow

    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!

    3:15 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I've been asked not to appear on @midnight & uve ruined any chance I had at dating @CariChampion (That was a joke). I'm not racist.

    Artie Lange@artiequitterFollow

    I've been asked not to appear on @midnight & uve ruined any chance I had at dating @CariChampion (That was a joke). I'm not racist.

    3:17 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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@artiequitterFollow

    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

    3:19 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    On Tuesday, in a series of tweets, Lange described a sexual fantasy in which he's a slave owner and Champion is a slave:

    Mike Pont/GC Images

    The chick on ESPNs First Take is so fuckin hot!

    Artie Lange@artiequitterFollow

    The chick on ESPNs First Take is so fuckin hot!

    10:15 AM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Trying to maintain erection and jerkoff to chick on First Take but they keep cutting back to Stephen A Smith and the white guy. Frustrating!

    Artie Lange@artiequitterFollow

    Trying to maintain erection and jerkoff to chick on First Take but they keep cutting back to Stephen A Smith and the white guy. Frustrating!

    10:17 AM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I want the Chick on First Take to laugh at my white dick!

    Artie Lange@artiequitterFollow

    I want the Chick on First Take to laugh at my white dick!

    10:18 AM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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@artiequitterFollow

    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

    10:20 AM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Then I cum and she's free! The Happiest ending ever!

    Artie Lange@artiequitterFollow

    Then I cum and she's free! The Happiest ending ever!

    10:21 AM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Then as reparations I make Skip Baylis my slave!

    Artie Lange@artiequitterFollow

    Then as reparations I make Skip Baylis my slave!

    10:22 AM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Hey @CariChampion lets me and you get busy!

    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@artiequitterFollow

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

    10:41 AM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    After having 8 illegitimate kids together @CariChampion & I marry at The Knights of Columbus in Linden New Jersey. Prob with that?! F- Off!

    Artie Lange@artiequitterFollow

    After having 8 illegitimate kids together @CariChampion & I marry at The Knights of Columbus in Linden New Jersey. Prob with that?! F- Off!

    10:46 AM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Since 2012, Champion's role on First Take has been to host and moderate conversations about sports and culture between Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith.

    Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

    After the tweets started gaining attention, it was pointed out that Lange has appeared on ESPN in the past. An #ISupportCari hashtag was started.

    #iSupportCari because NO woman deserve such racist, sexist abuse. This is disgusting and WRONG.

    #NotAllBlkFeminists@FeministaJonesFollow

    #iSupportCari because NO woman deserve such racist, sexist abuse. This is disgusting and WRONG.

    10:25 PM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I wish I thought @espn was going to the right thing without #iSupportCari trending. But we already know how this goes.

    Mikki Kendall@KarnythiaFollow

    I wish I thought @espn was going to the right thing without #iSupportCari trending. But we already know how this goes.

    11:03 PM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    You don't need to be black, a woman, or into sports to understand that @artiequitter isn't funny, just abusive. #ISupportCari

    Daniel Copeland@N7IRLFollow

    You don't need to be black, a woman, or into sports to understand that @artiequitter isn't funny, just abusive. #ISupportCari

    10:50 PM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    yo @espn your silence is deafening right now #iSupportCari

    Daniel José Older@djolderFollow

    yo @espn your silence is deafening right now #iSupportCari

    10:43 PM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    #ISupportCari because she continues to go after her dreams, in a world of racism & misogyny determined to bring her down. Congrats!

    ✨Outside The Lines✨@LuvLyricalMusicFollow

    #ISupportCari because she continues to go after her dreams, in a world of racism & misogyny determined to bring her down. Congrats!

    11:14 PM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Wednesday afternoon, ESPN issued a statement to BuzzFeed News:

    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.

    Cari Champion has yet to respond publicly to Lange's tweets.

    Wednesday afternoon, Lange tweeted a lengthy explanation, but no apology, for his tweets about Champion:

    I'm about to tweet a few things I can't believe have to be explained in a rational world. I observed that @CariChampion was a gorgeous lady

    Artie Lange@artiequitterFollow

    I'm about to tweet a few things I can't believe have to be explained in a rational world. I observed that @CariChampion was a gorgeous lady

    2:52 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    This observation came while I was watching one of my favorite tv shows ESPNs First Take. I also noticed she was black.

    Artie Lange@artiequitterFollow

    This observation came while I was watching one of my favorite tv shows ESPNs First Take. I also noticed she was black.

    2:54 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I then thought it would be funny to tweet JOKES about that observation. A decision which might be the end of modern comedy

    Artie Lange@artiequitterFollow

    I then thought it would be funny to tweet JOKES about that observation. A decision which might be the end of modern comedy

    2:56 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I tweeted jokes that in the past I would've said in privately in my home among friends. I know black women who could join me and handle it

    Artie Lange@artiequitterFollow

    I tweeted jokes that in the past I would've said in privately in my home among friends. I know black women who could join me and handle it

    2:59 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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@artiequitterFollow

    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

    3:01 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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@artiequitterFollow

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

    3:03 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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@artiequitterFollow

    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

    3:05 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I'm a comedian. Sometimes I'm funny! For the record my moms disgusted w the tweets. But if I based my humor on my mom I'd be broke

    Artie Lange@artiequitterFollow

    I'm a comedian. Sometimes I'm funny! For the record my moms disgusted w the tweets. But if I based my humor on my mom I'd be broke

    3:07 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    A rep for Artie Lange declined to comment to BuzzFeed News, saying he had already "apologized publicly on Twitter."