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Howard Stern: Conflicted over Artie Lange's return; talks post-divorce sex life

Howard-stern-rolling-stone-artie-lange Howard Stern makes a rare appearance as magazine coverboy this month for Rolling Stone, answering burning questions about the future of Artie Lange and revealing what sex and dating was like after his first divorce.

Lange, a popular fixture on Stern's Sirius radio program, attempted suicide in January 2010, has since recovered and even made a few appearances on the stand-up comedy circuit. But will he return to Stern?

"He said to me recently that he would be willing to come on the air and explain what happened and stuff," Stern said. "I don't even feel strong enough within myself or that I'd be doing the right thing by him, because I don't want to do the wrong thing for Artie."

"I just want Artie to stay alive," he added.

Lange or not, Stern's program will be around at least another five years, as the DJ renewed his contract in December. Things are just as rosy in his personal life with wife, Beth, a reality TV host and New York social fixture. 

Yet before finding Beth, and in the time that followed his first marriage to Alison Berns, Stern admits he was lost when it came to love.

"After my divorce, I realized, ‘Oh, wow, I can go have sex.’ And I was running around, picking up women. Then all of a sudden, it dawned on me that I really didn't need that much sex," he said.

"I just wanted somebody with me every minute. I was using women as a surrogate mother."

Sound off on Stern and his musings in the comments section.


Artie Lange performs in NYC for the first time since his suicide attempt

PREACH IT! Right, right. Because Howard Stern is the most beautiful man alive

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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Howard Stern is pensive, and talkative, in an interview with Rolling Stone. Credit: Rolling Stone

Comments () | Archives (13)

Stern fanatic's loyalty is legend. But discrimination is not their strong suit. I'm sure the clamor for this profile will result in a Rolling Stone magazine sellout. But I won't bother because it's been a good long time since Stern was truly honest anywhere, including, most critically, when he opens the microphone on his morning show. Sure, Stern still manages to put out an acceptable facsimile of a comedy product for Sirius. But he's lost the eye of the tiger and seems to be phoning it in by the third hour of his program. The Stern of old, with wit and venom, would've eviscerated any performer who's contentment allowed them to go slack.

I'm forced to buy the latest issue of your liberal rag because I am a huge Howard Stern fan. I assume there are many people like me that will contribute to a "temporary" spike in your numbers this month.

How can a dipwad like this have "fans". This goes beyond critical thinking. He reminds me of some loser talk radio host in a don delillo novel. america you should be ashamed of yourself for allowing this to happen.

howard who? more like a where are they now feature story

hoo hoo

"How can a dipwad like this have "fans".". For the same reason Limbaugh does, lots of people are stupid.

I'll buy both covers because I'm a Howard fan & he seems to be pleased with the article. I haven't bought this magazine since high school. I wish that Howard ripped that woman who posted the Artie article in January 2010. She sold out Artie's sister, and hopefully she & Rolling Stone magazine knows that is why I won't be buying this magazine again.

WOW!! alot of haters already. Howard is the best thing on radio might not be the man he was 20 years ago. Even at half is talent he's better then anyone else! He is the Michael Jordan of Radio. BABA BOOEY

Funny that Howard's following Snooki on Rolling Stone's cover. Surprised at the Stern haters out there. No one will ever surpass Howard; he's simply the best. I feel like he's one of my friends, for the last 25 years.

Stern is now in his 50's. It's great to listen to this man with wit, humor, personality, and no holds barred entertainment. To Schlock, you must not own a Sirius satellite radio. this man has been killing radio for 30 years. Give him some props. Also, he signed a $100 million dollar 5 year contract in 2005 with Sirius, not too bad for a "loser radio talk show host". Get real.

Howard Stern's radio show is not my cup of tea, but I don't think I'm his target audience. I do, however, enjoy his interviews as he is insightful, very funny and intelligent. But most of all, he has a wonderful head of hair, I just can't get enough of it!

Show was a lot better with Artie. Get better my friend.

Long Live The King of All Media!


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