**FILE** Kenan Thompson (Courtesy of Stemoc via Wikimedia Commons)
**FILE** Kenan Thompson (Courtesy of Stemoc via Wikimedia Commons)

“Saturday Night Live” comedian Kenan Thompson will host the annual White House Correspondents’ Association gala on April 25.

Thompson, along with Netflix’s Hasan Minhaj, who performed at the dinner in 2017, will roast the president and “help celebrate the role of a free press in our democracy,” ABC News chief and White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, this year’s president of the association, announced Tuesday.

Two years ago, a much-talked-about performance by comedienne Michelle Wolf spawned debate about the dinner format. Trump allies claimed that the jokes proved the press corps’ hatred of Trump, with the president tweeting that the dinner was “embarrassing” and the event was “dead.”

However, many writers, activists and comedians defended Wolf for roasting the administration.

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