• Artie Lange banned from ESPN for Cari Champion Twitter jokes, Lange apologizes again (Audio)

    In an update that won’t surprise anyone, Artie Lange will not appear on ESPN in any foreseeable future according to TMZ. Lange became the center of controversy after posting a series of racially and sexually charged tweets on Tuesday. The alleged jokes were directed at ESPN correspondent Cari Champion while he watched her on ESPN’s First Take. Artie Lange went on to share a sexual fantasy of slavery role-play where she beats him, escapes from his plantation and then later mothers his children. ESPN said in a statement, “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.” So it’s no surprise that TMZ learned “there will be no future bookings” for the comedian.

    Artie Lange tweeted several confusedly explanatory tweets yesterday after he was booted from appearing on Wednesday night’s @midnight. He apologized to Cari Champion via the social media platform but it was not enough to save face with Comedy Central. However Lange was not done talking about the situation. Last night on a live recording of Kurt Metzger and Sherrod Small’s podcast Race Wars, Artie Lange addressed his Twitter comments even further. Listen below.

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