Howard Stern Speaks Out About Artie Lange, His New Contract and His Divorce in New Rolling Stone Cover Story

'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'

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Click to listen to Howard Stern speak out about his divorce and the differences between himself and Charlie Sheen

For his wide-ranging interview with Howard Stern in the new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands and online in the digital archives (subscription required) this Friday, writer Neil Strauss spoke to Howard Stern for over three hours at SiriusXM headquarters in New York. They discussed Stern's traumatic divorce from his ex-wife Alison, the wild period in his personal life that followed before he met his second wife Beth, former sidekick Artie Lange's suicide attempt, his many years in therapy and his plans for the next five years of his radio show.

Watch video of Stern interviewing Rolling Stone's Neil Strauss below

Right now Stern tapes on Mondays through Thursdays, but that's probably going to change. "When it came down to sort of figuring out what I was really after, I was pretty sure I was going to leave the radio," Stern says about his recent contract renewal. "I thought I'd kind of done what I needed to do. I still enjoyed it, but I also found that I wanted time to do some other things. Right now, my schedule is pretty much the same as it's always been. And then as time rolls on I'll probably do about three shows a week."

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Other highlights:

• Before the interview Stern spoke with Strauss on the air for nearly an hour, eventually getting the writer to reveal a shockingly personal detail about his girlfriend. "When you got into your girlfriend being dry [during sex], that's when I knew I hit a home run. You hit it, but I brought you there. I knew my audience was going out of their minds. I could sense them all with us. And I did my job."

• Artie Lange, Stern's former sidekick who attempted to kill himself early last year and has been off the air ever since, has spoken with Stern recently about returning to the air. "He said to me recently that he would be willing to come on the air and explain what happened and stuff," says Stern. "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."

 More from Stern's cover story: Howard on Sex, Therapy and Charlie Sheen

Video clip courtesy Howard TV On Demand. For more information, go to www.howard.tv

From the Archive:

Howard Stern Does Hollywood: Rolling Stone's 1997 Cover Story

Howard Stern: Man or Mouth? Rolling Stone's 1994 Cover Story

Who Is Howard Stern? Rolling Stone's 1990 Feature

Peter Travers' 1997 Review of Private Parts

Artie Lange Exposed: Rolling Stone's 2009 Feature

Artie Lange's Life in Photos: From Hometown Comic to Howard Stern's Sidekick

Artie Lange: The Story Behind the Story

From The Archives Issue 1127: March 31, 2011