Sitcom Star Says He Snorted Coke at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Feb 22, 2012  •  Post A Comment

[Updated with correction in headline at 2:20 pm, PT, on 2/22/12. The original headline left out the last two words, "Correspondents’ Dinner.’ Cross did not say he snorted coke at the White House, but at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which is not held at the White House itself but at a hotel.]

An actor known for his work in television sitcoms has admitted that he snorted cocaine at a White House Correspondents’ dinner, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

David Cross, known for his role on Fox’s "Arrested Development" and currently the star of IFC’s comedy "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret," said the incident happened at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2009, the story reports.

Cross was apparently trying to be outrageous and contends that the amount of coke was tiny, but he did make sure that someone witnessed his stunt, which occurred under a table and within 65 feet of President Obama. He shared the story in the March issue of Playboy.

Cross explained, "It was just about being able to say that I did it, that I did cocaine in the same room as the president."

Cross said he was not "ashamed" of his actions, but did regret embarrassing Amber Tamblyn, his fiancee, who received the invitation to the White House. "I was her date, her plus-one, and she got dragged through the mud because of what I did. She had nothing to do with it. And because of that she’ll never be invited to the White House again. That’s not cool."

As previously reported, Cross was in the news last month for poorly received comments about Jews as he recounted his experience working on the movie “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.” Click here to see the video of his controversial appearance on “Conan.”


  1. The Correspondent’s Dinner is not held at the White House. It’s generally held at the Washington Hilton, and it’s probably not uncommon for folks to snort coke there.

  2. Hi Brian. You are absolutely right about the dinner not being at the White House itself, and we have corrected our earlier, incorrect headline. Many thanks!

    Chuck Ross
  3. This is no big deal. What David Cross should be ashamed of is how he treated his female lead in Todd Margaret. Wretchedly bad ending to his series.

  4. Arrested Development is appropriate; this idiot acted like a little kid, trying to see what he could get away with.

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