Comedy is not pretty, but comedian Artie Lange thinks ESPN’s Cari Champion is — and tweeting his jarring fantasies about her today has cost him a TV gig. Comedy Central tonight confirmed that Lange has been yanked from a scheduled appearance on @midnight in the wake of his wild Twitter spree. “Artie Lange will not appear on Thursday’s episode of @midnight,” the cable net said in a statement without elaborating. We’ll let the Howard Stern Show veteran’s first few decidedly NSFW tweets on the matter speak for themselves:

It eventually got worse:

Amid the inevitable racist/sexist/misogynist backlash, Lange played the “It’s comedy, folks” card:

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SJW with the name Dixie Normous? Might want to get your vision checked.
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SJW spotted
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Comedy and Artie are miles apart. Just a smarta$$ with a gig.

“His comments were reprehensible and no one should be subjected to such hateful language,” ESPN said in a statement, per 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 tweeted an apology to Champion, who appears on ESPN2’s First Take with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith, but refused to apologize to those he might have offended:

Then we wrote that Comedy Central has cancelled his @midnight appearance. Lange later ranted about “these awful PC groups who are ruining the country” and said, “Comedy Central has always been good to me and I don’t blame them.”

Let’s end with these from a couple of hours ago: