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Partygoers hit dance floor at UTA correspondents’ dinner bash

Daniel Swartz

No comedian — or president — was necessary for partygoers to rage on at the United Talent Agency’s White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner bash.

The top Hollywood talent agency and Mediaite held their fourth annual correspondents’ event Friday, co-hosted by UTA Co-President Jay Sures and Mediaite CEO Dan Abrams, on the eve of the dinner.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, with a camera crew in tow, was seen outside the packed soiree at Fiola Mare restaurant in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, snapping selfies with seemingly excited admirers.{mosads}

Meantime, as Panjabi MC and Jay-Z’s “Beware of the Boys” blasted through the speakers, Fox Business Network host Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery busted some fierce moves on the dance floor.

President Trump — who’s called the “fake news media” the “enemy of the people” — announced earlier this month that he once again was bucking tradition by opting out of the yearly journalist and lawmaker-filled dinner.

And after comedian Michelle Wolf’s explicit remarks as the dinner’s headliner last year drew criticism, the WHCA said for the first time in recent history, there would be no Hollywood star serving as the night’s entertainer. Rather than a comedian or late-night TV host, presidential biographer Ron Chernow is poised to deliver remarks at Saturday’s event.

Also spotted at UTA’s “Celebration of America’s Journalists” party: NBC News’ Kristen Welker, CNN White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny, Fox News’ Shannon Bream, former President Obama personal aide Reggie Love, CNN political commentator Doug Heye and contributor Mary Katharine Ham, Heather Podesta, CNN’s Kate Bennett, Jim Acosta, Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer, Brian Stelter, Jake Tapper, Don Lemon, Michelle Kosinski and Alisyn Camerota, actress Minnie Driver, Fox Nation’s Britt McHenry, former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), comedian Jordan Klepper, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice President Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence, political strategist and commentator Hilary Rosen, Biden campaign senior adviser Symone Sanders, journalist Ali Velshi and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Tags Al Franken Donald Trump Jake Tapper Mark Warner Patrick Leahy Sean Spicer Symone Sanders United Talent Agency WHCA WHCA dinner White House Correspondents Dinner
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