Contrary to a report on the Web yesterday suggesting that Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange is marked for a pink slip after his Jan. 2 suicide attempt, a news report airing on Sirius XM’s Howard 100 and Howard 101 channels states that Lange still has a home at the satellite radio provider. “The Perez Hilton report is absolutely false,” Tim Sabean, Senior Vice President of Sirius’ Howard Stern channels, says in a statement that began airing last night and will continue throughout the weekend. “Artie is very much a part of these channels, and we look forward to Artie’s fast recovery and we wish him all the best.” Stern has a dedicated news department — The Howard 100 News — that reports on stories of interest to or involving him. Perez Hilton’s sources claimed Sirius had already informed Stern that Lange would not be back on the air but was waiting for the comic to recover before breaking the news to him.
Police have confirmed that Lange’s mother found him in his Hoboken, NJ apartment last Saturday with nine wounds to his abdominal area from a 13-inch Wolfgang Puck kitchen knife. “At this point, we’ve deemed it to be self-inflicted and attempted suicide,” Hoboken Det. Lt. Mark Competello tells EW. “There’s no criminal investigation.” Lange, who underwent surgery at Jersey City Medical Center, has since been released.