Media Relations Hilarious video: John Lithgow’s dramatic reading of press release On Wednesday, Newt Gingrich’s PR rep released a rather bizarre statement. TV host Stephen Colbert got actor John Lithgow to read it—with some flair. By Michael SebastianMay 23, 2011 SHARE Stephen Colbert, host of “The Colbert Report,” lampooned the grandiose statement from Newt Gingrich’s press secretary Rick Tyler by bringing actor John Lithgow on his show to read it—dramatically. To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.