Artie Lange can breathe a sigh of relief: He hasn’t been canned from the HBO comedy “Crashing” following his drug arrest earlier this month.
HBO said in a statement Thursday that the “Howard Stern Show” star had not been fired from the series.
“HBO has not fired Artie Lange,” a statement from HBO said. “‘Crashing’ has completed production for season one and has been recently renewed for a second season.”
“Scripts for season two have not yet been written,” the statement continued.
Lange, who has a history of struggles with drugs, was arrested for heroin and cocaine possession in the parking garage of his Hoboken, New Jersey apartment complex, TMZ reported last week.
TMZ reported that Lange had “several bags of drugs” in his possession. He was released after being booked on three charges, which the site did not identify.
Lange acknowledged the arrest on Twitter, tweeting, “Hey guys. I was arrested. I’m doing great. Physically too! I’m in St. Louis & will be on stage this weekend at The Funnybone! Love u all!.”
He added, “FYI The Hoboken Cops treated me so great. Great people. Professional. I thank them for that Now a lawyer tells me what to do!”
Following news of the arrest, “Crashing” executive producer Judd Apatow offered his support for Lange, tweeting, “We would never give up on Artie or anyone struggling with addiction.”
On “Crashing,” Lange plays a version of himself who hires a version of Holmes to drive him to a comedy gig in Buffalo, N.Y. where Lange spars with T.J. Miller. Holmes goes home with a die-hard Lange fan (Gina Gershon) to keep her from tempting Lange into abandoning his sobriety.
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