The White House Correspondents’ Association revealed that they will not invite a comedian as the keynote speaker at next year’s annual dinner.
They will instead invite award-winning historian Ron Chernow to give a speech about the First Amendment. However, previous speaker Michelle Wolf was extremely dissatisfied with the announcement, tweeting out an insult at the association.
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) November 19, 2018
While they did not explain their reasoning for the switch, they did release a statement expressing their excitement over the guest.
— WHCA (@whca) November 19, 2018
Chernow also gave a statement, explaining his reasoning behind choosing the First Amendment to speak about.
“The White House Correspondents’ Association has asked me to make the case for the First Amendment and I am happy to oblige. Freedom of the press is always a timely subject and this seems like the perfect moment to go back to basics. My major worry these days is that we Americans will forget who we are as a people and historians should serve as our chief custodians in preserving that rich storehouse of memory. While I have never been mistaken for a stand-up comedian, I promise that my history lesson won’t be dry.”
Michelle Wolf didn't hold back in her White House Correspondents' Dinner routine — and not everyone is happy about it ?
— The Tylt (@TheTylt) May 6, 2018
The annual dinner will be held in late April 2019, but it is uncertain if President Donald Trump will attend next year’s event.