Thursday, June 20, 2024

If Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson Are the Biggest Celebs, You Know the White House Dinner is a Bust


Kim Kardashian, the Tupperware of celebrity. is the biggest name at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner. She’s got Pete Davidson with her, and he looks like a deer in headlights.

This is not the WHCD of old. In the days of Obama, big Hollywood stars flew in to Washington for this event. Oscar winners. Studio heads. Rock stars. The old (real) Vanity Fair threw the biggest party, Bloomberg was runner up. Everyone clamored to get in.

Tonight, the WHCA has fielded a pleasant but unremarkable crowd. CNN is straining to find famous people from showbiz and they just keep coming back to Kim and Pete. If that’s how low things have fallen, you know we’re in trouble.

Spotted in photos or the TV coverage: Gayle King, Brooke Shields, Drew Barrymore, J. Cameron-Smith from “Succession.” Double Tony Award winner Judith Light. Corey Stoll from “Billions.” Comedian-actor Chris Tucker. Shall I go on?

Meantime, a doctor just appeared on CNN and told the anchors that a 200 table dinner at this time is not a good idea and this will probably be a super spreader. Wait til he sees Monday’s Met Ball. I hear the after party is at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

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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