A source told Radar that Lange, 51, was disheartened when he read The New York Times interview where Stern, 65, admitted to cutting his former friend out of his life.
"For the longest time he thought Howard forgot about him and didn't care about him anymore after he left because he never once heard from the guy," the insider explained. "But Artie now knows it was probably just easier for him to shut him out."
In the interview, Stern, 65, explained how he chose his “words about Artie" carefully.
"Because I love him," Stern explained. “What’s happening with Artie makes me very sad. We’ve lost touch, and that’s my doing. I got my fingers crossed for the guy. And it wasn’t a clean break. It was many years of wanting Artie to get help.”
But according to the source, Lange says he feels he's in a good place in his life to reconnect with his old pal.
"He wants to reach out to Howard,” the source said. “He's just afraid that Howard won't reciprocate. If Howard will have him, no doubt Artie would love to make an appearance on the Stern show."
As Radar readers know, Lange successfully completed an intense seven-month drug court program
In May, Lange was arrested after court officials told Radar he “was non-compliant” with the rules of the drug court program.
“All the stories gave the impression he was doing great, but that is not the case,” the official said at the time.
But fans are relieved to see him looking healthier than ever.
Lange still has a long road ahead of him and a New Jersey court official explained that it takes individual about three years to graduate from drug court.
His current legal woes stem from an initial 2017 arrest for cocaine and heroin possession.
In June 2018, he was sentenced to four years of probation in the case, with the assurance he would stay out of prison if he remained clean.