The White House Correspondents' Dinner, held annually to honor journalists, will once again be crowded with celebrities of showbiz and they will meet the press this Saturday, the 28th April 2012. Media organizations will invite stars to their tables in the Washington Hilton ballroom.
The WHCA dinner is attended by the president and first lady as well as many other senior government officials and members of press. Funds from the dinner are used for scholarships and awards for support of deserving and aspiring journalists. The aim is to recognize excellence in the profession.
PEOPLE will be hosting Josh Hutcherson,
Fox News, Time and Bloomberg have invited , and Zooey Deschanel, respectively. Miss Lohan will be guest of Fox's host Greta Van Susteren. Her defense lawyer, Shawn Holley, will accompany her. Fox has also invited Kim Kardashian.
Charlize Theron, Sofia Vergara, Viola Davis, Daniel Day-Lewis,, , , and Stephen Moye are some other celebrities who are expected to attend the dinner.
CBS has invited “Homeland” star, Christine Baransk of “The Good Wife”, Raymond Kelly, commissioner of the New York City Police Department, actor Daniel Dae Kim and American foreign policy adviser and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. Tim Scott.
USA Today’s guest list includes, TV host Kelly Ripa and her husband, actor Mark Consuelos, actor Johnny Galecki of “The Big Bang Theory” and Kelli Garner of “Pan Am”.
Time has invited actor George Clooney and his girlfriend, Stacy Keibler; Defense Secretary Leon Panetta; director Steven Spielberg and his wife; and actress Kate Capshaw.
President Obama, of course, will be the man of honor.
The dinner usually includes a comedian. This year, the host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel live” will perform for the guests, Caren Bohan, a Reuters journalist and president of the White House Correspondents' Association, confirmed.
"We are thrilled that Jimmy has accepted our invitation to be the featured comedian at our annual dinner This year, it's Jimmy Kimmel,” Bohan said, according to a report by NBC New York.
He prasied Jimmy and was reported as saying, "Jimmy's humor is sophisticated and edgy while appealing to a wide audience.”
The ABC talk-show host said he was nervous to perform in front of the president, but believes that the political show has prepared him quite a bit. "I will feast on stupid comments, there seems to be a glut of dumb things being said," he said, according to a Reuters report.