Jimmy Kimmel To Host White House Correspondents' Dinner
Jimmy Kimmel, talk show host, is going to serve as the emcee of the 98th annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington, organizers said Tuesday. The event is scheduled April 28. The Hollywood Reporter quoted Kimmel as saying, "I look forward to being a part of the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. I love dinner." Seth Meyers, "Saturday Night Live," scribe was the host of last year's House Correspondents' Association dinner. WHCA president Caren Bohan, a staffer at Reuters, said Kimmel's type of humor is "sophisticated and edgy while appealing to a wide audience.” Recently, the event, which is partly a celebration of the White House press corps, and partly a presidential roast, has become a celebrity-filled affair with A-list stars. Donald Trump showed up at the 2011 dinner hosted by Meyers. "Donald Trump is here tonight," Obama said. "Now I know he's taken some flack lately, but no one is happier to put the birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald. And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like, 'Did we fake the moon landing?' 'What really happened in Roswell?' And, 'Where are Biggie and Tupac?'" "Donald Trump has been saying that he will run for president as a Republican," Meyers said. "Which is surprising, because I had assumed he was running as a joke." As is tradition, Meyers roasted Obama, too. "When you were sworn in, you looked like the guy from those Old Spice commercials," Meyers said. "Now you look like Louis Gossett, Sr. Is this the 'change' you were talking about?" He added, "If your hair gets any whiter, the tea party is going to endorse it."