Hollywood, Washington React to Joel McHale Hosting White House Correspondents' Dinner
The news that Joel McHale is going to host the White House Correspondents' centennial dinner on May 3 spread like wildfire on social media.
The White House Correspondents' Association announced on Friday morning that McHale will be the entertainer for the annual event in Washington, D.C., which is traditionally attended by the president and first lady, as well as various senior officials and members of the press corps.
Used to putting his own satirical twist on the latest pop culture news, The Soup host was the hottest story of the morning on Twitter.
However, even McHale himself couldn't take it too seriously, joking that he had applied online for the coveted job:
White House correspondents were the first to react, even before the announcement officially broke, with Olivier Knox from Yahoo News posting:
White House Correspondents Dinner entertainer this year: @joelmchale. As a long-time "The Soup" proselytizer, I am thrilled.— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) February 14, 2014
Abby D. Phillip, ABC News digital reporter for politics offered her congratulations:
Joel McHale is this year's White House Correspondents Assn. Dinner host. Good choice!— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) February 14, 2014
While Hilary Winston, former supervising producer for Community, couldn't be happier for the star.
The Soup producer Matthew Carney was impressed with his colleague:
McHale will join an impressive list of comedians, including Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart and Jay Leno, who have hosted the annual D.C. event, known in Washington circles as the "Nerd Prom." In recent years, the dinner has become a major televised event, complete with A-list celebrities, live red carpet coverage and spoof videos produced by Steven Spielberg and others.