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Jonathon Dornbush
November 07, 2014 AT 11:21 PM EST

The problem with Twitter is, anyone can see what you write. For comedian Artie Lange, that meant losing a television appearance and being banned from ESPN after a series of tweets.

ESPN issued a statement earlier this week banning the comic after sexually and racially driven comments he made about the network’s reporter Cari Champion after she appeared on First Take.

The chick on ESPNs First Take is so fuckin hot!

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 4, 2014

Trying to maintain erection and jerkoff to chick on First Take but they keep cutting back to Stephen A Smith and the white guy. Frustrating! — Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 4, 2014

“His comments were reprehensible and no one should be subjected to such hateful language,” ESPN said in an official statement to Sports Illustrated. “They objectify and demean one of our valued employees under the thin guise of ‘comedy’ and are offensive to all of us. We will not dignify them with any other comment.”

Lange was also scheduled to appear on @midnight on Thursday, but Comedy Central removed Lange from the night’s lineup of guests.

It’s official. Comedy Central will not let me on @midnight Comedy Central has always been good to me & I don’t blame them. Not worth it!

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 5, 2014

Lange has since tweeted out apologies, as well as retweeted dozens of followers defending his statements as mere jokes. His original comments about the inciting tweets also focused more on their intended joking nature and less on the reason they were receiving blow back.

I’m a comedian. Sometimes I’m funny! For the record my moms disgusted w the tweets. But if I based my humor on my mom I’d be broke — Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 5, 2014

Since then, however, he has tweeted more seriously worded tweets professing his apologies for offending Champion and anyone else with his comments.

I’ve gotta take that seriously. So my apologies extend to bigger group of ppl. If that’s true and it is cuz she’s no liar I have to think

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 6, 2014

I have to take jokes like the ones I made more seriously. Cuz I want no part of that awful bullshit. Not what I’m about.

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 6, 2014

I’m sorry to whoever was hurt by the tweets. I will keep some jokes to myself. It’s a different world. Thx guys and thx to my new friend Pia

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) November 6, 2014

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