Howard opened this morning announcing that Artie was out today on a previously scheduled day off. Howard made sure to emphasize this really was a day Artie had planned to take off to do his movie and had nothing to do with yesterday's meltdown. Speaking of yesterday's meltdown, Howard spent a little time talking about Artie this morning.
He said he thought Artie had a gamblers mentality, meaning he loves the action and teetering on the edge of disaster. Artie has a great job with the show and has had tremendous success with his DVD, but the show is safe and a little boring. He believes Artie feels he could either be a billionaire or back working on the docks. Howard said very rarely does a show hit it really big like, "Everybody Loves Raymond."
It's kind of like the lottery -- millions play, but only a few win. Howard said that was why he had Bob in today, because he was a loser who could talk about losing. This is a guy who's divorced from his wife, but lives in the basement of their house. Howard said Artie needs to learn to balance the dull and safe with the exciting. Howard did it when he was making "Private Parts" and Robin is doing it now with her TV show. They schedule those things around the radio show so they can do both.