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‘House of Cards’ star defends WHCD as Washington’s ‘fun night’

“House of Cards” star Michael Kelly says the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner gets a bad rap for the number of celebrity guests.
“It’s a fun night. Why can’t Washington have a fun night? Who cares who’s here?” asked Kelly, who plays aide Doug Stamper to a fictional president on the Netflix series.
“Especially this year, I feel like they got a lot of s–t that was unneeded,” Kelly added.
{mosads}ITK caught up with the actor at the annual Garden Brunch, held the morning of the black-tie dinner at the Washington Hilton.
Hosted by Tammy Haddad, Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Steve and Jean Case, Mark and Sally Ein, Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, David Adler and Franco Nuschese, on an unseasonably chilly day, lawmakers, journalists and celebrities stayed warm in the jam-packed Beall-Washington House in Georgetown.
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) proved to be quite the busy social butterfly. Donning a Memphis Grizzlies cap, sunglasses and a tan jacket, Cohen buzzed around an indoor buffet area and chatted up “Game of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the HBO show. Then it was on to Sports Illustrated model Hannah Davis, with whom a smiling Cohen was seen having an extended conversation.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was eyed politely ducking out of the way of model Chanel Iman, as the 24-year-old snapped a photo with some gal pals.
Other VIPs seen at the brunch festivities included Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, figure skater Tara Lipinski, MSNBC host Toure, chef Tom Colicchio, Katie Couric, “Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson, CNN’s Jake Tapper, Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale (who told ITK she was skipping the dinner itself this year as her hubby recovers from open heart surgery), “Madam Secretary’s” Alfre Woodard, Veluxe founder Susanna Quinn, former “Entourage” star Constance Zimmer, Cosmopolitan editor in chief Joanna Coles, actor Haley Joel Osment, “Madam Secretary” star Tim Daly, “blackish’s” Tracee Ellis Ross, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews and “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, accompanied by her daughter, Kirby Bumpus.
The brunch, which has a more-than-20-year history in the nation’s capital, this year honored two groups: the military family engagement organization Blue Star Families and Dog Tag Bakery.
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