Griffin, who came under intense fire last year after posing for a photo holding a mask depicting Trump’s severed head, announced via Twitter that she would be in the packed ballroom on April 28.
“Honored that I’ll be attending the White House Correspondents Dinner for the first time this year,” Griffin tweeted Friday. She will be a guest of the Washington Blade, which, according to its website, is the oldest LGBT newspaper in the United States. The Blade tweeted that it was excited to have Griffin as its plus-one.
Earlier this month, Griffin announced a separate Washington appearance. She told fellow comedian Bill Maher in an interview on HBO’s “Real Time” that she was dipping her toes back into touring, “even though the Trumps and nobody wants me to work again.” Griffin said she was taking her show “right to Trump’s back yard” at the Kennedy Center; dates have yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, Stormy Daniels, the adult-film star who in a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday described sordid details of her alleged affair with Trump, probably won’t be heckling the president at the Washington Hilton.
Avenatti had one word for the whole affair: “sideshow.”
Whether Griffin’s presence or Daniels’s absence sways the president’s decision to attend the dinner remains unclear: The White House still hasn’t confirmed the president’s attendance.
It’s also still unknown which A-listers plan to descend on Washington that weekend.
In correspondents’ dinners of the past, the big networks would have already not-so-subtly hinted at their VIP tag-alongs by now. The game of one-upping the star power at each table reached fever pitch at President Barack Obama’s last dinner in 2016, but just one year later, Trump’s disdain for Hollywood elites and “fake news” put a major damper on the glitz. The prospect of yukking it up in a room with Trump suddenly seemed like the opposite of a good photo op, so the stars stayed away (except for the ones who showed up at Samantha Bee’s counterprogramming event).
For now, it appears as if the famous folks are still steering clear of the dinner. For some Washington insiders, that signals a welcome return to the rubber-chicken affair of yesteryear, when actual White House correspondents brought “famous for D.C.” sources to the Hilton for a night of corny jokes, and not an endless round of selfies.