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.
Leno's ratings never got as low as the ratings of congressional republicans.
Great - none better, and good timing!!
Jay Leno is hilarious, much funnier than Conan O'Brien!
Never before has any room been so devoid of talent.
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.
Obama better be careful or Leno will force the State of the Union be aired at 12:05.
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........
What? Was Conan moved to a different correspondent's dinner?
That's not change. That's more of the same! I guess Obama isn't on Team Coco (surprise, surprise).
Jay , an Barrack have something in common .
Both are a Big Joke .
I wonder if Conan had the job first?
I am not surprised all the tinseltown dummies flock to the Obama's. hahaha
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.
can he replace President Obama now?