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Cookie Monster Introduced By Straight-Faced Emily Maitlis On Newsnight (PICTURE, VIDEO, GIF)

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Hats off to Emily Maitlis. Last week, the Newsnight presenter played arbiter in a wonderfully hostile row between Alastair Campbell and a Daily Mail shill over the controversial article besmirching Ed Miliband’s father.

On Monday, Maitlis faced the far more difficult task of maintaining a straight face while questioning the Cookie Monster, erstwhile star of Sesame Street, on what had hitherto been considered a hard news programme.

She did it… just.

Cookie Monster and his acolyte, Elmo, are due to star in a new programme for CBeebies, with Maitlis quizzing the monster about his big move to the BBC.

Rumours that Paxman "ducked" the interview remain unconfirmed.

Yes, Cookie Monster really was on Newsnight just now, and her... on Twitpic

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