Artie Lange Pulled From '@midnight' After Controversial Tweets

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Lange had tweeted a sexual fantasy in which he was a plantation owner and ESPN's Cari Champion was his slave

Artie Lange's tweets have landed him in hot water. 

Lange's planned appearance on Comedy Central's @midnight on Thursday has been pulled following the comic's sexually and racially charged Twitter rant about Cari Champion, host of ESPN2's First Take. Comedy Central confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter.

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On Nov. 4, Lange tweeted a sexual fantasy involving himself as a plantation owner and Champion, who is black, as his slave. "Here's the scenario I'm using to j—off to chick on First Take," he tweeted. "I'm T. Jefferson & she's my slave. She beats the shit out of me & runs free. Then I c— and she's free! The Happiest ending ever!" He also tweeted about showing her his "white d—" and trying to whip her.

Lange, who is best known for stints on The Howard Stern Show and MADtv, announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he had been dropped from @midnight. "I don't hate women," he wrote. "And to you PC groups that did this, I wanna be clear. Go F— yourselves!" He added: "If you ppl protesting me end my career, what have you accomplished?!"

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Lange later tweeted that he was "sorry to whoever was hurt by the tweets. I will keep some jokes to myself. It's a different world."

ESPN has condemned Lange's messages about Champion. "His comments were reprehensible and no one should be subjected to such hateful language," the network said in a statement. "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's full Twitter rant can be seen below. 

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