Howard started today admitting he "lost the bet yesterday," because Artie was back at work this morning. After Artie told Howard he should've called him so he could've "fixed the bet,"
Robin claimed she knew Artie was going to be in the studio today in order to plug his appearances this weekend in Las Vegas.
Howard then pointed out there were many rumors that Artie was back on heroin which is why he missed three shows in the past week, but he assured Howard if he was back on drugs, he wouldn't have been able to function well enough to be in the studio on Monday, which he was.
Artie next reported he had a cough he "could not suppress," plus a fever, and that was why he didn't come in. Artie also said he caught a replay of yesterday's show, and he wasn't offended by all the heroin talk, but one of Yucko's lines – that Artie was so fat he went from "a Wop to a Whopper" – got to him.
Howard asked Artie if he planned on "taking care of himself at all" in Las Vegas this weekend, and he responded he "couldn't guarantee" whether or not he would go to bed early. Robin added that, since yesterday was cupcake day at Studio 69 and Artie wasn't there, she at least considered he was actually sick.
When Artie heard that the vending machine in the hall might start accepting credit cards, he acknowledged he sometimes offered people a $5 bill in exchange for a single $1 bill so he could buy things from the machine.
Artie went on to say he used to know a drug dealer who took credit cards, acknowledging he felt like he was handing his credit card "to the devil" every time he bought drugs from the guy.
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Howard read a number of e-mails about Artie, with some claiming they knew Artie was on heroin, while others noting they felt the show was better without him.
After Howard assured Artie he also received plenty of "love" from listeners as well, he added he received mail yesterday praising Sarah Silverman's appearance on Tuesday, noting the e-mails balanced all the negative mail he got about her earlier in the week.