Trevor Noah Wants to Host the White House Correspondents' Dinner

"I think they are going to try and find a comedian who will be very safe," the comedian told THR, noting he has not been asked to host.
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It may be the loneliest comedy gig ever, but Trevor Noah says he would host this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner — a job still waiting to be filled. Parties are being canceled (Vanity Fair and The New Yorker are skipping this year) and celebrities are making other plans (the casts of House of Cards, Veep and Scandal will be rearranging their sock drawers that night, even though they attended during the Obama administration).

Noah, 32, tells THR he hasn't been asked to host, but would step up to the podium at the Washington Hilton on April 29.

“I would host if I were asked to do it, although I think they are going to try and find a comedian who will be very safe. I hope they still have [the dinner] either way, but I haven’t been asked and I would do it.”

Trump has yet to RSVP to the event, but with his hostility toward the media (he often labels CNN as "fake news"), Full Frontal's Samantha Bee has opted to host a "Not the White House Dinner" on the same date just miles away at the Willard Hotel.

Noah also says he wants to have Trump as a guest on The Daily Show. "I know he often goes to places where they like him or he thinks that he'll get an easy interview, so I don't think it would happen — but that would be fun."

A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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