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Katie Couric Toasts Larry King

Katie Couric emceed last night’s Friars Club toast (not roast) to Larry King. Donald Trump, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Regis Philbin and Wanda Sykes were all in attendance, as were a couple of Couric’s “Today” show pals. See the photo Couric Tweeted here. And see who CNN’s Wolf Blitzer ran into. Trump presented King with his Friars award at the end of the evening, and, according to the Daily News, King promised, “You have not seen the end of me. I shall return.”

(Photo: Tony Maciulis)

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Wanda Sykes on FOX, Makes Fox News a Punchline

Wanda_11.9.jpgWanda Sykes‘ new show premiered Saturday night on FOX-TV, and for much of the show the comedienne took shots at Fox News and conservative talkers.

Sykes began her monologue with, “Let me be the first person on FOX not to pick on President Obama.” From there, most of the show came from her political perspective, which is not in line with FNC’s opinion hosts. In a parody of the film Paranormal Activity, Sykes was going to scare Glenn Beck: “Oooh, public option.”

Sykes also joked about the “Sesame Street” parody of Fox News. “When Oscar the grouch spoofed Fox News. They called it ‘pox news’ and said it was really ‘trashy.’ And the right wingers went nuts. Rush Limbaugh called for a boycott and Dick Cheney shot big bird in the beak.”

Sykes criticized the reaction to the DOW hitting 10,000 as being no big deal. Using a clip from Neil Cavuto, as well as CNBC, Sykes’ point was that Pres. Obama, and some in corporate America, should be getting some of the credit for the market’s turnaround. “As much as I talk about Fox News,” said Sykes, “If Rupert Murdoch walked through this door, I would turn and say, thank you. Can I get you a t-shirt?”

Sykes appointed herself the ‘Telling-people-where-to-go-and-what-to-kiss’ czar. “And Fox News, if you want an exclusive, pucker up.”

As for the ratings, Variety reports the show is off to a good start. The premiere averaged 2.2 rating/5 share in Nielsen’s metered-markets, up 16% from “MAD TV’s” fourth-quarter average (1.9/4) and double what Spike Feresten‘s show did last winter (1.1/2).

Wanda Sykes Lands On FOX, And Talks About Her Rush Comments

Sykes_5.18.jpgFOX broadcasting announced its fall lineup to advertisers today, and controversial comedienne Wanda Sykes is on the schedule. Her Saturday late night show will replace Mad TV and Spike Feresten, both canceled this past season.

While promoting the show today in New York, Sykes was asked about her appearance at the White House Correspondents Dinner last weekend.

Sykes told Inside Edition that her jokes about Rush Limbaugh should not be taken seriously. “Comedian…anything that comes out of here [points to her mouth], can’t take it seriously,” Sykes said adding, “Here’s the problem with people who aren’t comedians, [who] deconstruct comedy. It wasn’t a 9/11 joke. Of course, 9/11 isn’t funny, but it wasn’t a 9/11 joke.”

The Ticker: ABC, BBC, CNN…

> GMA Weekend’s Marysol Castro gave birth to her 2nd son, Gavin Harry Donaldson, on Friday. Mom, husband Frank, Gavin and brother Liam are all doing great.

> BBC World News America (7pmET) begins a new series tonight, Diploma Day, with clips from this year’s commencement speeches. Oprah Winfrey and Gwen Ifill are featured.

> Rick Sanchez put forth somewhat of a defense of “good guy” Rush Limbaugh regarding Wanda Sykescomments Saturday night:

Ben & Jen No-Shows…and More WHCD News

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CNN’s Ed Henry, NBC’s Brian Williams and Politico’s Mike Allen at Saturday’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

From our TVNewser spies at this weekend’s White House Correspondents Association dinner and related events.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner bailed as guests of CBS at the last minute. We hear Affleck was “really sick.”

• ABC’s Justice correspondent Jan Crawford Greenberg chatting up Justice Antonin Scalia at the National Journal pre-party. Will Crawford Greenberg be first with the news of the Souter replacement?

Julia Louis Dreyfus spotted texting from her table during the Dinner. We hear she was sending texts to her co-star Wanda Sykes who was on stage as the Dinner’s entertainment. (more below)

• A sign of the times — no dessert and the networks/publications were charged if they ordered more than two bottles of wine per table, which our spy adds, “of course, everyone did.”

• FishbowlDC’s Christine Delargy and Matt Dornic had the weekend covered from Saturday morning brunch to Sunday morning after-parties.

- Tammy Haddad’s Pre-Dinner Brunch

- Pictures – Inside the Hilton Dining Room

- Wanda Sykes – “Too Much?”

- The After-Parties: Vanity Fair & Bloomberg