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.

1. Updated – Nov. 5, 3:18 PM ET:

2. 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.

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 (@artiequitter)

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 (@artiequitter)

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

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The chick on ESPNs First Take is so fuckin hot!

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter)

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 (@artiequitter)

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

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter)

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 (@artiequitter)

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

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter)

Then as reparations I make Skip Baylis my slave!

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter)

Hey @CariChampion lets me and you get busy!

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter)

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 (@artiequitter)

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 (@artiequitter)

18. 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.

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19. 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 (@FeministaJones)

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

— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia)

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

— Daniel Copeland (@N7IRL)

yo @espn your silence is deafening right now #iSupportCari

— Daniel José Older (@djolder)

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

— ✨Outside The Lines✨ (@LuvLyricalMusic)

25. 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.

26. Cari Champion has yet to respond publicly to Lange’s tweets.

27. 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 (@artiequitter)

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

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter)

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 (@artiequitter)

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 (@artiequitter)

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 (@artiequitter)

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 (@artiequitter)

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 (@artiequitter)

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 (@artiequitter)

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

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