Monday, June 17, 2024

UPDATE White House Correspondents Dinner Finally Cancels After This Site Reminds Them They Were The Only Hold Outs


SUNDAY 3/22 8PM: They just cancelled. Thank ME.

SATURDAY 3/21: Everything is cancelled, you know that. I mean, everything. Cannes, Broadway, movies, Bloomingdale’s. Even the Met Ball has been postponed.

Only one major spring event remains: the White House Correspondents Dinner. Did they forget?

A little over a month ago, the White House Correspondents Association, currently headed by ABC News’s Jonathan Karl, announced that Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj– two big name comics– were hosting the dinner. The response was huge. Everyone was excited that after disastrous years, the dinner was getting a shot in the arm.

But now the White House correspondents are at war with the White House. Trump is calling reporters names and proposing to throw them out of the briefing room. The discussion of COVID-19 and Trump Virus is a 24/7 subject.

But did someone forget to cancel the event at the Washington Hilton set for April 25th? Or is Washington the last place where groups of more than 10 can congregate? I’m sure the Hilton ballroom seats a couple thou, no?

Since the dinner is almost exactly a month from tonight, maybe the WHCA should put a notice on its website. So far, there’s no mention of cancellation or the existence of the virus. At the very least, someone should tell Thompson and Minhaj that they’re not going to be needed– unless, of course, some virtual streaming thing is being planned. But I don’t think Mrs. Karl wants all those people in her house.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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