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White House Correspondents' Association Picks Jay Leno as M.C.

The Washington Post first reported last night that the White House Correspondents' Association has tapped comedian Jay Leno to serve as M.C. at its annual dinner on May 1.

The association apparently reached out to Leno weeks ago, before his prime-time gig was canceled and NBC asked him to return to his former job as host of The Tonight Show.

Following Wanda Sykes last year, Leno will be the second comedian to share the stage with President Obama at the Washington Hilton, but it won't be the first time he's taken the gig: He previously spoke in 1987, 2000, and 2004. 

All week we've been polling readers about which late-night comedian they'd hire as an M.C., and Leno is currently behind Conan O'Brien, who will relinquish his post as Tonight Show host after tonight's broadcast.


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