The Newt and Callista Show

Television executives are known for greenlighting some seriously embarrassing programs from time to time. I mean, the Palin family has had, what, four reality TV shows now? And let’s not even talk about Cop Rock. Or the Magic Johnson talk show. But this may be the worst idea ever:

@NewtGingrich tells NPR staff he’s talking to producers about a Regis and Kathie Lee-style show for he and Callista to host.

If there’s anyone on the planet who could be more annoying than Regis and Kathie Lee, it’s Newt and Callista Gingrich.

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About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Zeno

    a Regis and Kathie Lee-style show for he and Callista to host

    “for he”? Oh, well, Newt’s always had an awkward relationship with morality. I guess he’s uncertain about grammar, too. Of course, that’s more of an infraction than a sin.

  • d cwilson

    Wait, I thought NPR was Evil Soshalizm that was destroying ‘Merica.

  • John Hinkle

    I’m guessing Newt’s guests will have to pay to be on the show with him. Say, five thousand bucks. Of course, they’ll get a certificate, a novelty gavel and a dinner with him… unless they own a strip club.

  • keithb

    NPR is not hosting the show – they do radio! – Newt is just telling NPR that he is talking to (presumeably TV) producers about a show. We can only hope that these producers aren’t listening.

  • holytape

    By worse idea ever you mean best idea ever.

  • fifthdentist

    They fight, they bite,

    They bite and fight and bite,

    Bite, bite, bite,

    Fight, fight, fight,

    The Newt and Calista Show

  • eric

    Fifth – I was thinking more like this:

    Oh sit right back and you’ll hear a tale

    A tale of a fateful show

    That started with Newt Gingrich

    Talking out his hole

    The host was a philandering drug user

    The wife his latest mark

    The audience, Fox news watchers

    With nary a neural spark

  • Tony •King of the Hellmouth•

    By worse idea ever you mean best idea ever.

    If you believe the country hasn’t heard enough sexist, bigoted, homophobic, crap spew from Newt’s mouth, then yeah, it’s a good thing.

    For many people who are a teensy bit more progressive, it’s deeply dumb.

    Newt needs to STFU and go retire on a desert island somewhere.

  • David C Brayton

    Somewhat off topic: The Burn with Jeff Ross had some good stuff. Definitely a show that Ed would like.

  • d cwilson

    My bad. I read the article quickly and missed this was an interview on NPR and not that he was talking with NPR about doing a show.

  • vmanis1

    I think the show could be quite fun. Just imagine, from week to week we won’t know if Callista has made it or if Newt has gone on to wife #5. The suspense would definitely attract viewers, though I don’t know if commercial broadcasters would really want a demographic consisting entirely of the kind of people who rush to see traffic accidents.

  • Aliasalpha

    Why not leave the decision on wife #5 to a phone in poll? Rename the show Newt & Wife though so they don’t have to re-do the titles every other week

  • Crudely Wrott

    Another waste of perfectly good electrons and bandwidth. In a just world they’d be charged one thousand dollars per minute for air time and they would have to reimburse their sponsors.

    Something tells me they’d agree to the terms. Just to be seen on TeeVee, you know, smiling their big toothy smiles . . .

  • StevoR

    If there’s anyone on the planet who could be more annoying than Regis and Kathie Lee, it’s Newt and Callista Gingrich.

    I dunno. There’s so many annoying people to choose from ..

  • charleswade

    I Loved CopRock! There, I said it and I feel better.