Popular Late-Night Host to Emcee Annual White House Correspondents Bash

February 20, 2013  •  Post A Comment

The emcee has been named for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, and the gig will go to a popular late-night TV host. TheWrap.com reports that Conan O’Brien has been picked for the high-profile spot.

The selection was announced on Twitter by Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry, who is the president of the White House Correspondents Association, the story reports.

The report notes: “O’Brien previously spoke at the 1995 dinner, where he read a special announcement for viewers watching on CSPAN: ‘For God’s sake, it’s Saturday night. Go outside, meet a woman. C’mon. There are things you can do.’"

“The dinner is occasionally a place of drama as well as laughs,” TheWrap adds. “President Obama used the 2011 dinner to belittle Donald Trump’s suggestions that he was born outside the United States. Just hours later, Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden.”

The selection of O’Brien continues a tradition of naming late-night hosts to emcee the event. The piece notes that Jimmy Kimmel was the event’s host last year.

The dinner is scheduled for April 27.

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  1. Point of order: The role of emcee for the Correspondents Dinner is filled by that group’s president. O’Brien, like Kimmel before him and everybody else before them, will entertain at the event, but serve no other function.

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