Howard Stern Stays Silent On Artie Lange’s Hospitalization

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Howard Stern Show regular Artie Lange was hospitalized over the weekend, and while the web is abuzz with rumors about how he landed there, his boss is staying silent. On the air today, Howard declined to comment on Artie’s condition out of respect for the comic’s privacy, saying only, “Artie has given this show tremendous moments of great comedy. He’s a tremendous contributor. He is a good man. Don’t forget how great he is.”

Stern also addressed the web rumor that popular guest and former “SNL” star Jim Breur would take Artie’s spot on the show. “Absolutely false,” the host stated adamantly. “I don’t know where that comes from.”

Artie – who has been absent fromthe show in recent weeks – has very publicly battled addictions to drugs, alcohol and food, and revealed in his 2008 bestselling book Too Fat To Fish that he once attempted suicide. He’s also the funniest part about the show these days (Sorry Sal and Richard) and we hope that he’s able to tackle his demons and resume his spot next to Howard soon. [Photo: GettyImages]