12/01/08---12/04/08: Artie and Bubba

Discussion in 'BTLS Archives' started by Ifandorbut, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. Ifandorbut

    Ifandorbut Well-Known Member

    This week should go down as a pretty pivotal week in the history of Howard's channel. Change seems to be working itself within the framework of the two staples of Howard 100 and Howard 101. With Artie's book jumping to the top of New York Times Best Seller List and his chronic illness that precludes him from being able to do the Stern Show, Artie seems to be dictating to Howard and to Howard's bosses the terms of his involvement with the show.

    The turn of power from Howard to Artie has been coming on for some time now. It started to become more apparent after the "Artie/Teddy" fight when Artie was allowed to keep his job after physically attacking an employee. It's reached its most obvious point as Artie is now allowed to miss his morning job in order to promote his book. The rules being different for everyone on the show, I would say that perhaps the rules are not only different for Artie, but that with Artie they might not even exist.

    I'm not sure exactly what this will mean for Artie and his involvement with the show, but Artie has become increasingly brazen and lax with his attitude. Which brings me to the connection of Artie and Bubba.

    Artie was very outspoken and frank with how he felt about the way that Sirius has been treating Bubba. Artie also went on about the bad signings of other talent on the station. It's my assumption that Artie is looking for an excuse to have Sirius fire him.

    The week is also pivotal in that it appears Sirius is not interested in keeping Bubba the Love Sponge on Howard 101. If all is to be believed, Bubba might already be gone. Howard has said that if Bubba isn't rehired back that he might just have Howard 101 dissolved all together.

    Not re-signing Bubba will have a huge domino effect on the station. It could mean that all of the other hour long shows will be aced out or it could mean that they will continue on Howard 100, but all of the replays would cease to exist.

    It's too bad that this is the main thrust of what's going on this week because I think Howard has been very funny this past week, especially during the news where he's kept his "Anything else in the news, Robin?" comments to a minimum. The Thursday news segment was the best in a long, long time. Even the two days when Artie was not in studio, I got the sense that Howard was really trying his best to be funny.

    This was the biggest week in Howard 100 history since the Artie blow up against Teddy.
  2. JoeTan

    JoeTan Well-Known Member

    I think F bubba and bring on the "gimic" shows! Sal and Richard. Ham Hands Bill, Miserable Men, Riley Martin.

    Think of all the shows they could do with HALF of the Bubba money!
  3. jamesp717

    jamesp717 Member

    Hey Now

    I agree, couldnt care less if bubba stays or goes, cant listen to him for more then 3 minutes without reaching for the dial. Hopefully artie will burn some bridges and wind up going with him. JMO
  4. k9feces

    k9feces Member

    H101 will always be there for the West coast feed. Bubba will stay for peanuts just so he can sell merchandise.
  5. J3ff

    J3ff Member

    I think a LOT ofpeople don't care what bubba does. I don't have time to listen to both shows.
  6. Vargas

    Vargas Molon Labe!

    I wonder if Artie will get in trouble on this one. He didn't really say anything that bad but it is probably never a good thing when you talk about salalries and how overpaid certain talent is.

    We'll see come Monday but it wouldn't surprise for me several reasons to see Artie leave come the first of the year.

    Health, drugs, drinking, gambling, frequently missing work. I think he'll realize that he can get another 2 years out of getting paid highly for stand up and then retire. maybe a tv show or a sitcom later.
  7. Snoozer

    Snoozer Well-Known Member

    I don't think he'll leave the show but I do think he's going to get shit Monday (if he hasn't already and that this will not be talked about on the show. They may touch on Bubba leaving a little but I don't think anything will be said about Artie's phone call.
  8. Ifandorbut

    Ifandorbut Well-Known Member

    I think Artie is bullet proof and I also think that Artie feels this way about himself. He said on Bubba's show that he's been trying to get himself fired and I believe him. Artie can always downplay his comments as being a joke, but I believe his intentions are pretty clear.

    I'd be surprised if Howard plays the Artie/Bubba phone call on Monday. It would be funny if Howard didn't take a bunch of phone calls on the subject. That would definitely be a case of someone ignoring the two big elephants in the room.
  9. Snoozer

    Snoozer Well-Known Member

    I have my doubts that he'll get into it on the air. I hope I'm wrong because I'd love for him to get into it and I think it's the least he could do to help a buddy like Bubba out.

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