Lisa Vanderpump and Ariana Madix led the stars on the red carpet attending the 2023 White House Correspondent’s Dinner at the DC Hilton Hotel Saturday evening.
The Vanderpump Rules stars attempted to leave Scandoval behind in order to attend the event as guests of DailyMail.com.
Despite their best efforts, host Roy Wood Jr couldn’t resist a gag about one of the biggest reality TV stories of 2023.
‘The untouchable Tucker Carlson is out of a job… but to Tucker’s staff, I want you to know that I know what you’re feeling. I work at The Daily Show, so I too have been blindsided by the sudden departure of the host of a fake-news-program. Tucker got caught up. Got caught up like that dude from Vanderpump Rules,’ the Daily Show comedian joked.
Prior to the dinner, the stars were treated to an exclusive tour of the White House.
Vanderpump also attended the White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch during the day on Saturday.
‘I love Washington, I feel so much of a connection between Washington and London. The architecture is so beautiful. I’ve been wined and dined here and I’m loving every minute of it,’ the former Real Housewife told a reporter at that event.
DailyMail.com’s Sean Walsh pictured with President Biden’s granddaughter Naomi Biden alongside Ariana Maddix and Lisa Vanderpump
Madix and Vanderpump pictured with supermodel ChrissyTeigen and EGOT John Legend
The stars of Vanderpump Rules, Lala Kent, Lisa Vanderpump and Ariana Maddix, pose on the red carpet
‘I’m so thrilled and honored to be invited by DailyMail.com. I watch the dinner on TV every year and have always dreamed of being there in person,’ Vanderpump told DailyMail.com this week
Earlier this week, Vanderpump expressed her joy at attending the dinner as a guest of DailyMail.com
Lisa and Ariana during their exclusive tour of the White House
Earlier this week, Lisa and Ariana, both first timers at the WHCA gushed to DailyMail.com about their excitement. ‘I don’t know what’s more complicated reality television or politics – I guess I’ll find out on Saturday evening,’ Lisa quipped.
‘I’m delighted to be attending this year’s White House Correspondents Association dinner as a guest of DailyMail.com,’ said Vanderpump.
Joining Lisa will be Rules co-star, Ariana Madix, who is in the wake of her recent relationship implosion with Tom Sandoval.
The 37-year-old blonde bombshell revealed that attending the WHCA dinner is a special way for her to honor her beloved grandmother.
‘My wonderful late grandmother was very active in local politics and I’ve always dreamed of visiting the White House, so this is an incredible honor.’
Lisa added: ‘I’m also looking forward to visiting Capitol Hill again after we successfully passed resolution 401.’
‘I’m so thrilled and honored to be invited by DailyMail.com. I watch the dinner on TV every year and have always dreamed of being there in person,’ she told DailyMail.com.
Vanderpump pictured with Maryland Governor Wes Moore as well as Gayle King at the White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch
Lisa Vanderpump attends CAA Kickoff Party for The White House Correspondents’ Dinner Weekend at The Henri on April 28
The restaurant mogul and animal activist spent quite a bit of time on the Hill in 2018 to pass H.R. 401, a bill aimed at condemning the dog and cat meat trade as well as urging all other nations to outlaw the barbaric practice.
Lisa also championed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act which makes certain types of animal abuse a felony. Congress passed the act unanimously.
This year’s event, which is affectionately known as ‘nerd prom’, will be hosted by stand-up comic and Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr.
‘We’re delighted to welcome Lisa and Ariana as Daily Mail’s guests to this year’s dinner as we celebrate the First Amendment,’ said Sean Walsh, Global Chief Brand Officer and Managing Director, US Operations.
Last year, Kim Kardashian (right) and then-boyfriend Pete Davidson were hailed as the biggest stars attending the 2022 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner
Last year, domestic goddess, Martha Stewart attended the event as Daily Mail’s celebrity guest. A snapshot of Martha with Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson, who were making their first public appearances as a couple at the time, went viral.
The WHCA dinner comes in the midst of the most dramatic season yet of Vanderpump Rules which airs the affair – or Scandoval – between Tom Sandoval, 39, and Raquel Leviss, 28.
The dinner is an annual fundraising event held by the White House Correspondents’ Association to raise money for journalism scholarships.
Last year, the soiree was helmed by former Daily Show host Trevor Noah, the first comedian to headline the event since Michelle Wolf in 2018.
It brings together journalists, politicians and celebrities under one roof for a rare night away from politics where the well-heeled can let their hair down.
For years, comedians have poked fun at political leaders and journalists alike at the Correspondents’ dinner. Previous hosts have included Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers.
Every president since Calvin Coolidge had attended the WHCA’s annual dinner with the exception of Trump.