The White House Correspondents dinner will not have a comedian host the event in 2019 the organization has announced. .the decision comes after comedian Michelle Wolf drew criticism for her distasteful jokes during the 2018 dinner.
The decision to not have a comedian host did not make Wolf happy.
According to Fox News:
Anti-Trump comedian Michelle Wolf called the White House Correspondents’ Association “cowards” for ditching comedy for its annual dinner in 2019 after she made headlines with a crude performance last April.
“The @whca are cowards. The media is complicit. And I couldn’t be prouder,” Wolf tweeted after the WHCA announced that Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow would be the featured speaker at the annual dinner, which is scheduled for April 27.
“I’m delighted that Ron will share his lively, deeply researched perspectives on American politics and history at the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” WHCA president Olivier Knox said. “As we celebrate the importance of a free and independent news media to the health of the republic, I look forward to hearing Ron place this unusual moment in the context of American history.”
The role of the host is typically to roast the president and members of the media, with the jokes sometimes taking shots at the most powerful person in the world. But many critics felt Wolf took it too far last year when she launched attacks on President Trump and members of his administration.
The new host, Chernow, will use the platform to make the case for the importance of the First Amendment. This could very well turn out to be another shot at the administration, but just in a unique way.