Late Night: Conan O’Brien bids farewell to Newt and Calista

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On Wednesday, to the surprise of no one, Newt Gingrich announced that he would be dropping out of the presidential race next week.

The news of Gingrich’s withdrawal may have been inevitable, but it was nevertheless a disappointment to at least two people in the country: Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter, who’ve had a great deal of fun imitating the long-shot candidate and his rigidly coiffed wife, Calista.

On last night’s ‘Conan,’ the duo bid farewell to the Gingriches by reprising the impressions one last time.

‘Goodbye Newt, you fought hard and outlasted many of your rivals. We’ll miss your fiery passion, your creepy charm, and yes, even your often terrifying sense of fun,’ O’Brien said, as Richter, wearing a gray wig, replicated Gingrich’s various moods. (In terms of accuracy, ‘terrifying sense of fun’ was the clear winner.)


Then it was O’Brien’s turn to play ‘Calista.’ Transformed by a smear of red lipstick, some platinum locks and a startled mien, O’Brien lovingly brushed Richter’s hair and even planted a kiss on his lips.

Gingrich might not approve of their relationship, but Richter and O’Brien sure do seem happy together, don’t they?


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