Conan O’Brien to speak at White House Correspondents Dinner

By Daniel S Levine,

Comedian Conan O’Brien has been picked as the headlining speaker for this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry, who is also the White House Correspondents' Association President, confirmed the news on Twitter this morning, writing that he was “thrilled to reveal” that the Conan host “agreed” to take the job.

Politico reported the news just before Henry’s tweet, with a source confirming that O’Brien signed on Tuesday.

As The Wrap notes, O’Brien previously spoke at the “nerd prom” in 1995. The late night host jokingly told CSPAN viewers, “For God's sake, it's Saturday night. Go outside, meet a woman. C'mon. There are things you can do.”

The WHCD is an annual tradition that lets political heavyweights rub shoulders with the celebrities who provide the laughs. The 2011 dinner was noteworthy for President Obama’s jokes about Donald Trump’s insistence that he wasn’t a natural-born American citizen. A few hours later, the president said Osama Bin Laden had been killed.

Jimmy Kimmel hosted last year’s dinner.

O’Brien currently hosts TBS’ Conan. There’s no word if he’ll have something for sidekick Andy Richter to do.

This year’s WHCD is scheduled for April 27. Henry confirmed that Fox’s Bret Baier will present journalism awards.



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