Jimmy Kimmel Set to Host White House Correspondents' Dinner

Tuesday, 01 Nov 2011 11:24 AM

By James Hirsen

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Jimmy Kimmel has been chosen to be the headliner at the upcoming 98th annual White House Correspondents’ Association’s (WHCA) dinner, which is set to take place on April 28, 2012.

The event falls in the middle of what is sure to be a heated presidential election campaign season.

“Jimmy’s humor is sophisticated and edgy while appealing to a wide audience,” WHCA president Caren Bohan said.

The host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” is known for his biting humor, which is routinely at the expense of politicians and public figures. He traditionally roasts ABC's president at the network’s annual upfront event.

However, it is yet to be seen whether or not the sitting president and/or the number one comedic target in the Obama administration, Vice President Joe Biden, will serve as comedic fodder as was the case with 2006 host Stephen Colbert and his skewering of the Bush administration.

Colbert's satire resulted in several of Bush's aides and supporters walking out during the Comedy Central host’s performance.

Kimmel may instead follow the lead of last year’s host Seth Meyers, who at that time took aim with his comedy arrows at then-potential GOP candidate Donald Trump.

"I look forward to being a part of the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner," Kimmel said in a recent statement. "I love dinner."

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama normally attend the WHCA dinner along with senior government officials. Fifteen presidents have participated in the WHCA dinners, beginning in 1924 with Calvin Coolidge.

Recent dinners have been criticized for having become Hollywood-style affairs with numerous movie and television personalities in attendance.

There are several sponsored after-parties later in the evening that simulate those held following the numerous Hollywood awards ceremonies.

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