Comedian Artie Lange may or may not have been fired, depending on whose version of the story you believe. On the heels of his arrest earlier this month on drug charges, The New York Times reports that Lange is saying he was fired from his recurring role on HBO’s “Crashing.”
Meanwhile, HBO and Judd Apatow, who is an executive producer on the series, say Lange has not been fired.
“A story line in the series depicts Pete Holmes, the show’s creator who also plays a version of himself, trying to keep Mr. Lange’s character from relapsing,” The Times reports. “In an interview with the radio station WOR, Mr. Lange told the hosts, Len Berman and Todd Schnitt, that he had been let go. When asked why, Mr. Lange said, ‘What have we been talking about? I might go to jail.’”
However, The Times notes that a spokeswoman for Lange said he had not been fired, declining to elaborate.
Meanwhile, HBO released a statement saying: “HBO has not fired Artie Lange. ‘Crashing’ has completed production for Season 1 and has been recently renewed for a second season. Scripts for Season 2 have not yet been written.”
The Times notes that Holmes was supportive of Lange after Lange’s arrest and said Lange would “absolutely” be a part of the show’s second season.