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E! Hosts at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner Face New Challenge

They’ll struggle to identify Washington bigwigs, says network vice president Bruce Perlmutter.

Mark Malkin and Alicia Quarles host the WHCA dinner coverage for E! this year. Photograph of Malkin via Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.; photograph of Quarles via lev radin/Shutterstock.

Former Bethesda resident and University of Maryland grad Giuliana Rancic won’t be making a triumphant homecoming on the red carpet for E! at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner this weekend. According to Politico, those duties will fall upon second-stringers Alicia Quarles and Marc Malkin. And unlike the Oscars, say, they’ll have the challenging job of identifying hundreds of less-recognizable faces alongside the stars. Hillary Clinton? Easy. SEC head Mary Jo White? Not so much.

The red carpet won’t be streamed live on E!, which is a disappointment to those of us hoping to gatecrash the mani-cam—according to the Washington Post, highlights from the red carpet will be broadcast the next night, which will give the network time to filter out any gatecrashers and focus on the real stars, such as Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Jeremy Renner, Gerard Butler, and, of course, Barbra Streisand. (The network will instead broadcast “Ready For Love: Meet Ben and Ernesto” from 5 to 7 on Saturday.) But we still say any highlight reel that doesn’t have Canadian Central Bank governor Mark Carney in it just isn’t worth watching.

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