Whatever the DTI inspectors eventually turn up about his past - and it may go beyond a couple of slap-happy
accounts filed late - here was a man who had plainly made a fist of life running engineering companies.
But his best suit is his occasional 'out-of-studio and on-the-road' sing-along 'Carpool Karaoke' trip with big stars who don't mind making slap-happy
idiots of themselves to 'prove' that they can't carry a tune-but, can definitely scream it at the top of their constricted lungs!
That doesn't necessarily mean Newt should be welcomed with open arms - his much vaunted slap-happy
guitar virtuosity proves irritating combined with the winsome personality in the songs.
It was started in 1975 by John Shaw who was fed up with the slap-happy
social affairs that formed inter-club matches in those days.
The jazz guitar-driven instrumental Diga Diga Doo dives straight in at the deep end, roaring through three minutes of lightning fast chord changes and slap-happy
bass lines before cooling off on Deed I Do, a waltz-like piece led by Elana Fremerman's sweet, yet distinctly sassy vocals.
After a pathetic will-they won't-they that seemed to drag on as long as an excruciatingly unfunny episode of Give My Head Peace, landlord Alfie and slap-happy
barmaid Kat finally got it together.
It's instructive to see that the biggest US comedy stars have been 'positivists' like Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Tina Fey and Jack Black-no sour and surly 'comics' like Don Rickles in the whole slap-happy
My mother-in-law says I should slap him every time he does it so he knows how it feels but I don't want to become a slap-happy
AS we reel from the news that one blundering surgeon has maimed as many as 200 women with his slap-happy
techniques, we hear the same cry go up as we heard after the tragic - and unnecessary - deaths of more than 30 babies whose operations were bungled in Bristol: HOW can we ever trust a surgeon again?
He said: "There was some slap-happy
defending going on out there both individually and collectively.
Willie's take on Mar Roxas showed and said it all: Unlike some other spoofers, Willie focused not on the easier task of caricaturing the presidential candidate in bold and slap-happy
strokes, but on getting him as a person.
It's a perfectly realised scene - from the people who make Bob The Builder - but the Camberwick Green version of a slap-happy
Gene Hunt is probably the stand-out moment of the series so far.
Gelli's role is decidedly dark and conflicted, a far cry from her usually lighthearted and sometimes even slap-happy
The foul-mouthed madam, with her newly-dyed blonde hair, got a bit slap-happy
with a marker pen before performing in New York's Irving Plaza.
Another substantial drawback to date is the show's being more dramatic than comedic, with both female protagonists' woes upstaging their ostensibly upbeat and slap-happy
view of life.