January 22nd, 2010
08:31 AM ET
5 years ago

Leno to headline White House correspondents' dinner

Comedian Jay Leno will headline the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in May, the group said Friday.
Comedian Jay Leno will headline the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in May, the group said Friday.

Washington (CNN) - Comedian Jay Leno will headline the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in May, the group said Friday.

Leno agreed earlier this month to appear at the event, before NBC announced his return to hosting "The Tonight Show," the group said. The network's move was prompted by affiliates protesting the poor ratings of Leno's prime-time show.

The comedian will share the stage with President Obama at the correspondents' dinner at the Washington Hilton. By tradition, presidents fire jokes at the news corps, political opponents and even themselves at the event, where politicians, journalists and celebrities rub elbows.

Leno headlined the 2004, 2000 and 1987 dinners during the administrations of both parties.

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  1. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Leno's ratings never got as low as the ratings of congressional republicans.

    January 22, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. CJ/PA

    Great - none better, and good timing!!

    January 22, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. Laverne

    Jay Leno is hilarious, much funnier than Conan O'Brien!

    January 22, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Tracy

    Never before has any room been so devoid of talent.

    January 22, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. Silence Dogoode

    Maybe Obama should cancel Jay and contact Conan...poetic justice...please Conan is actually funny.... actually what does Obama have to joke about? Unemployment? Terrorism? Inflation? Broken campaign promises? Sounds like he is fiddling while the country is in a fiscal crash and burn.

    January 22, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. Frozone

    Obama better be careful or Leno will force the State of the Union be aired at 12:05.

    January 22, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Capt. Snarky

    Maybe he can remind the Democratic leadership that their condescending arrogance toward the electorate isn't sitting well with middle America. The people are pissed........

    January 22, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Sniffit

    What? Was Conan moved to a different correspondent's dinner?

    January 22, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Matthew from Oregon

    That's not change. That's more of the same! I guess Obama isn't on Team Coco (surprise, surprise).

    January 22, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Independant Vet

    Jay , an Barrack have something in common .

    Both are a Big Joke .

    January 22, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. EDDIE

    I wonder if Conan had the job first?

    January 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Debby

    I am not surprised all the tinseltown dummies flock to the Obama's. hahaha

    January 22, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Frisky

    Jay Leno sucks. He can pretend all day he's a nice guy but after the way he maneuvered his return to the Tonight Show, he will always be a jerk in my eyes.

    January 22, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Alan, Phoenix

    can he replace President Obama now?

    January 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |