News outlet Bloomberg has cancelled a gala surrounding the White House Correspondents Dinner, TheWrap has learned.
The event, hosted at the home of France’s Ambassador to the United States Gérard Araud, has been scrapped on the heels of co-host Vanity Fair pulling its own sponsorship in early February.
“We surveyed some of the past attendees and didn’t get as much interest in a party this year as we’ve had in the past, so we decided to focus on the dinner and the WHCA,” a Bloomberg spokesperson said.
News blog Axios first reported the news – which comes on the same day President Trump’s administration barred top media outlets from attending a routine press briefing with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
Vanity Fair sister title, The New Yorker, also cancelled an event surrounding the dinner, which will presumably see Trump face the media in the longstanding tradition for this first time in his presidency.
TheWrap has previously reported that the annual dinner would go on despite Trump’s feud with the media.
“We’ve received some queries about the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which will be the first since the new administration took office,” White House Correspondents’ Association President Jeff Mason wrote in an email to members.
“The White House Correspondents’ Association will hold its annual dinner on April 29 at the Washington Hilton,” Mason concluded.