Gingrich walked into restaurant, landed TV role
January 18th, 2013
12:25 AM ET
10 years ago

Gingrich walked into restaurant, landed TV role

(CNN) - When former House Speaker Newt Gingrich walked up to a table in St. Elmo's Steak House in Indianapolis, he was truly stepping into a television shoot for NBC's "Parks and Recreation."

His early December appearance in the restaurant for a meal coincidentally came as the sitcom was filming an episode, according to The Indianapolis Star. The show's writers turned it into a cameo on the show which aired Thursday.

Gingrich is a fitting character on the show, which stars Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, the deputy director of the fictional Pawnee, Illinois' parks and recreation department.

His moment on screen is brief.

"Excuse me, sir - this is not your table," the restaurant's host says to Jerry Gergich, played by Jim O'Heir.

Gergich, an aide in the parks department, replies, "I thought you said the Gergich party."

"No, no," the host replies. "I said the Gingrich party."

As the former House speaker and presidential candidate appears, Gergich suggests, "Gingrich. Gergich. I wonder if we're related."

"I don't think so, Jerry," Gingrich replies.

He joins others in the Washington ranks who have made cameo appearances. His company includes Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and Sen. Olympia Snowe.

- CNN’s Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. ronjayaz

    Newt is one of my favorite Republicants. He's obviously intelligent and balanced but's his character and ethics that I question.

    January 18, 2013 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  2. Thomas

    Politician , Lobbyist and actor !

    The man has Tiffany's bills he's gotta pay !

    January 18, 2013 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    This guy is a pathetic idiot that cheated on multiple wives multiple times.

    January 18, 2013 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  4. Marie MD

    And everyone threw up!

    January 18, 2013 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  5. Name lynn

    Gringrich is now famous for what reason, you are now a star for a few minutes.

    January 18, 2013 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  6. mm

    Newt Gingrich is not only a bigot, he sells bigotry for his own political gain.

    January 18, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    OH, please tell me you honestly believe he had no clue this would be happening. He is almost as much of a media hound as Kim Kardashian. He would do almost anything to have his face on camera.

    January 18, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  8. MrBeenThere

    Lame.............. maybe he he should try vacationing at his summer palace on the moon next time.....

    January 18, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |