Trevor Noah Is in No Rush to Host the White House Correspondents' Dinner

May 14, 2018

By Max Godnick

Maybe if Donald Trump asked him personally, Trevor Noah would consider it. But only if the president sincerely wanted to know what Noah, the host of The Daily Show, really thought about him.

As if it's much of a secret.

"I don't know if I would do it, I don't know if I would not do it," said Noah, when asked to consider if he would host the White House Correspondents Association Dinner. "It's one of those things where it depends on when you're asked, how you're asked, why you're asked."

It remains to be seen if the association would want Noah, or any other comedian, to join the dais after the controversy over Michelle Wolf's performance last month.

Wolf, a "Daily Show" alumnae, received mixed reviews for her jokes about Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, and jibes at the Washington press corps. The president of the correspondents' association, Margarte Talev, said Wolf's monologue was “not in the spirit” of the organization's mission, and the group may consider changing the format of their annual dinner.

In an interview with Cheddar, Noah said he loved Wolf's performance.

"I think what's really cool is seeing someone go out there and make people uncomfortable, which is, I think, what the event should be," Noah said, adding he wasn't a big fan of the dinner to begin with.

"It's a little bit weird to be in a room where the press and the people the press are reporting on are all chummy-chummy," Noah said.

Noah might reconsider if President Trump decided to attend (he skipped the last two years) and opened himself up to the inevitable roasting he would receive.

"Maybe one year Donald Trump will say, 'I'm pitching up and I'd like Trevor Noah to tell me his truest thoughts about me," said Noah. "Then, maybe I'll show up to honor the president of course."