Howard took another call from a guy who said the article was great. He said he liked the picture of them all from like 20 years ago and Gary looked like he was a retarded person. Howard didn’t like the way the caller sounded and said he never hears this on other radio stations. The caller asked about the Artie comments and if he’s ever going to have him on the show. Howard said he is very confused about what went on with Artie and that he didn’t pick up on the signals. He said that he is a sensational talent and a good guy with a great heart. He said he didn’t realize the level of confusion until the last couple of months.
The caller said that he was in a trivia contest a couple of weeks before Artie was off the show. He said he sat in the green room with them for like 10 minutes.
Howard said people ask when he’s going to come back on and he can’t even process what went down with Artie. He said he just wants the guy to stay alive. Artie told him that he knew things were going to end bad for him and he didn’t understand that. He said that he throws his hands in the air and he’s not knowledgeable enough to handle Artie. He said he has a lot of people saying he should have him on but he’s not going to do it because he doesn’t know what to do.
Howard said that if someone knows what to do then have him on your show. The caller said he knows a lot of people who have killed themselves and you just don’t know what to do. Howard said he wants Artie on the show but he doesn’t know how to handle the situation. Robin said they don’t want to do anything that would adversely affect him. Howard said Artie is in a bad place and he even said that things were going to end badly. He said he would love to have the guy on the show. He doesn’t want to be looking over his shoulder making sure he’s still alive in there.
Howard said his heart goes out to him but his days with Artie are over. He said that he doesn’t know how to handle it because he’s just some dude doing a radio show. He said he didn’t pick up on it and didn’t know how bad things were. He thought Artie had it under control.
Fred said he thinks Howard is right and he’s handling this right. He said Artie obviously wanted off the show and he may have taken that big step thinking there was no other way to do it. He said he may have been trying to put Howard up against the wall before that.
Howard said he thinks he was put in the position of being the dad and it would have been a full time job handling the situation. Howard said it wasn’t like that until the end. He said Artie did tell them that it was going to end badly though so they should have seen it coming. He said he knows people want closure but this isn’t a TV show, it’s reality.