As previously reported, President Trump did not attend this year's White House Correspondent's Dinner, which is the first time a sitting president has forgone the event since it began. The president wasn't the only one to not attend. The Correspondent's Dinner came to be known as one of the most star-studded events of the year, especially during the Obama administration. This year, however, many of the media's most recognizable faces instead attended late night show host Samantha Bee's "Not The White House Correspondent's Dinner."
A highlight of the show was her 'In Memoriam' for Fox News, which specifically targeted two of it's biggest stars, Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly. Both were let go from the company after allegations of sexual harassment and the ensuing multi-million dollar settlements paid to victims.
"Ratings and white privilege juggernaut Bill O'Reilly was the second viagra aficionado to resign from Fox News amid a cloud of controversy, ball sweat, and axe body spray," delivered Bee, barely taking a breath in her scathing monologue.
She continued to launch pointed attacks at O'Reilly and Ailes, and then reminded those in attendance that Rupert Murdoch, from Australia, is to blame for the creation of Fox News. Bee compared Murdoch to a buff kangaroo, a dingo eating a baby, and a sentient liver spot.
Much of the event ran like her usual show, though there were special guest appearances by Will Ferrell as George W. Bush, and other comedians, as well as segments with famous reporters like CNN's Jake Tapper. The $200,000 in proceeds of the ticket sales for the event was donated to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which is an organization focusing on monitoring and protecting press and press freedoms all over the world.
You can watch Samantha Bee's In Memoriam for Fox News above.