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Scaramucci and Lizza run into each other at White House correspondents’ party

Judy Kurtz

File this one under “awkward encounters of the correspondents’ dinner kind,” as onetime White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and political reporter Ryan Lizza nearly bumped into one another.

The almost face to face came as CNN political analyst Lizza was on his way into the exclusive United Talent Agency party on Friday at Fiola Mare in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, and Scaramucci was exiting the packed festivities.

The soiree, co-hosted by Mediaite, was held on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner and was aimed at honoring “our nation’s journalists and their achievements.”

Scaramucci, 54, was famously canned from his White House role last year after an expletive-laden rant to Lizza was published in The New Yorker.


There seemed to be no love lost between the political pair.

Lizza, eyeing Scaramucci leaving and nearly standing elbow to elbow next to him in a heavy crowd, almost shared some tense words with the former Trump White House official before his companions appeared to talk him down.

Also spotted at the Los Angeles talent agency’s third annual WHCA-themed get-together: Michael Avenatti, attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels, getting a rockstar-like welcome as he waded through the crowd, with countless partygoers asking to snap some selfies.

“He’s really not that exciting,” one reveler, who was attempting to get away from the crush of Avenatti fans, said as she tried to avoid the fuss.

Michelle Wolf, this year’s correspondents’ dinner headliner and a United Talent Agency client, was also spotted, sporting black leather pants and blue heels while keeping the crowd of five around her laughing.

Among others eyed partying it up: lobbyist Heather Podesta; Fox News’s Ed Henry and Brian Kilmeade; Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.); CNN’s Jake Tapper, Jim Sciutto, and Don Lemon; United Talent Agency co-president Jay Sures; Joe Lockhart and Giovanna Gray Lockhart; Mediaite CEO Dan Abrams; Kimball Stroud; former “West Wing” actor Richard Schiff; former “Spin City” star Richard Kind; Meredith Fineman; Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas); Tammy Haddad; and “The View’s” Sunny Hostin.

Tags Anthony Scaramucci Debbie Dingell Joaquin Castro Michael Avenatti Ryan Lizza Scaramucci WHCD White House Correspondents' Association

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