Tuesday, June 25, 2024

End of an Era: White House Correspondents’ Dinner Won’t Have a Comedian Host Anymore


It’s the end of an era.

The White Correspondents’ Dinner will no longer feature a comedian.

Instead the dry food at the Washington Hilton will be matched with the dry wit of non fiction author Ron Chernow, whose biography of Alexander Hamilton was the basis for the Broadway hit.

Chernow, a fine biographer, will discuss the paneling in the Hilton ballroom.

The White House Correspondents Association has essentially been dealt a death blow by humorless president Donald Trump. Insulted years ago at the WHCA dinner by Seth Meyers. Trump has refused to attend the dinner while calling the press “the enemy of the people.”

Last year, people– I don’t know who– complained about comedian Michelle Wolf going after Trump in absentia.

Since Trump moved into the White House, the WHCA dinner has collapsed. In prior years, during Bush 2 and Obama, celebrities from Hollywood and all over clamored for tickets to the event. But now no one goes, most of the parties have been cancelled. The Glory Years of the WHCD are over.

IN addition to Chernow, correspondents will be entertained with a sandpaper competition and a man who builds the US Capitol out from margarine.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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