9:30am PT by Chris Gardner
Alec Baldwin Should Host the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Says Joel McHale
If the inauguration's performers lineup has set any precedent, the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on April 29 in Washington, D.C., may be tough to book. Or not.
Joel McHale, who hosted in 2014 during President Obama's tenure, has offered his services once again. (One of McHale's quips was about Hillary Clinton: "As our first female president, we could pay her 30 percent less. That's savings our country could use.") When asked by THR, the People's Choice Awards host says: "If it should be anybody, it should be Alec Baldwin. … I would do it — absolutely. The one condition is that Trump can't see my jokes beforehand."
As for jokes, McHale added that he will miss President Obama's comedic timing. "He is the funniest president at telling jokes. He set the bar for comedians," says McHale. "Seeing him tell jokes was, like, 'Oh wait, he's a great leader and he can tell jokes?' That was amazing. I'll miss that. I will miss Michelle Obama's arms."
A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.