Jay Leno Calls Newt Gingrich a 'Hot Air Balloon'

A week after HBO's Bill Maher called Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich "a fat womanizing blowhard," NBC's Jay Leno referred to the former House Speaker as a "hot air balloon."

Tonight Show guest Meghan McCain actually thought that was funny (video follows with transcript and commentary):

MEGHAN MCCAIN: You know, it’s really sad to see the primary process turn into this, this kind of anything but Romney scenario that’s happening.

JAY LENO, HOST: Yeah, because Newt Gingrich was just out of it, and now he seems to be rising.


LENO: And well hot air balloons do that, but yeah. That’s my joke.

After all these years in comedy, Leno should know that a joke is lousy if you actually have to tell the recipient it's a joke.

Honestly - fat jokes, Jay?

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