Van Susteren skipping Correspondents’ dinner

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In a Wednesday blog post, the Fox News Channel personality writes of the April 27 soiree at the Washington Hilton, “This year I’m ‘taking a pass’ and I am not going. I made another commitment out of town that weekend.”

Past guests of Susteren and her husband, John Coale, have included Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne as well as tabloid fixtures such as Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan.

Van Susteren, 58, estimates she has been attending the annual dinner for the past 20 years and says, “I am sure everyone will have fun — it is the one day of the year that the media, politicians, entertainers etc. socialize together — but it can also be a bit exhausting as it is a 2½ day affair.”

The “On the Record” host also defended her past tablemates, saying while “many claimed to be scandalized” by Lohan’s presence, “the numbers of people coming up to our table for pictures was endless!”