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Vanity Fair, New Yorker back out of WH Correspondents’ Association events

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The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, which host two of the marquee events of White House Correspondents’ Association dinner weekend, will not be participating in this year’s events.

Vanity Fair will not be co-sponsoring the über-exclusive after-party it traditionally hosts along with Bloomberg, The New York Times reported Friday.

“We’ve taken a break from the dinner in the past,” Graydon Carter, the magazine’s editor — who’s frequently sparred with President Trump — told the Times. When the paper asked Carter the reason behind the cancellation, he replied “Trump,” and “the fish.”

{mosads}Bloomberg is reportedly still planning on holding its fete, sans Vanity Fair, but has not made a final decision.

A New Yorker spokeswoman confirmed the Times’ story to ITK, but declined to add any additional comment.

The Trump administration has maintained an oftentimes venomous relationship with the press, with the president clashing with multiple news organizations and journalists over their reporting. Many celebrities, who over the years have swarmed the nation’s capital and vied to attend the Correspondents’ dinner, have publicly denounced Trump.

When asked Monday if Trump planned on attending the dinner, White House press secretary Sean Spicer replied, “I don’t know. We’re six days in.”

On Thursday, White House Correspondents’ Association President Jeff Mason responded in a memo to reporters to what he described as multiple queries about the fate of the April 29 dinner, which doles out scholarships to budding journalists and is traditionally attended by the president. Confirming the event was still taking place, Mason wrote, “This year, as we do every year, we will celebrate the First Amendment and the role an independent press plays in a healthy republic.”

Updated 4:40 p.m. 

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