DIRECTV has cancelled The Artie Lange Show, effective immediately, the comedian announced on the program’s last radio show.
Lange, a former sidekick on The Howard Stern Show, has hosted the sports and entertainment talk show on DIRECTV’s Audience Network channel since 2012. But Lange said Monday night that his three-year-contract was set to expire in five months and DIRECTV decided to pull the plug early. He said he was notified last Friday by his agent of the cancellation.
Lange did not offer a specific reason for the cancellation, but the comedian has been battling various personal health issues, including diabetes which caused him to be hospitalized earlier this month.
During his farewell speech on the air on Monday night, Lange noted that DIRECTV invested heavily in a new studio for The Artie Lange Show, but added that ‘business is business,’ suggesting the show is not generating sufficient ratings to stay on the air.