CBS CEO George Cheeks Tests Positive For Coronavirus After Attending White House Correspondents’ Dinner

EXCLUSIVE: CBS boss George Cheeks is the latest high profile attendee of last Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner to test positive for Covid-19.

After testing negative every day following the April 30 Beltway shindig, the President and CEO, CBS pulled the short straw yesterday afternoon, I hear. Having said that, the fully vaccinated Cheeks is feeling fine and has been conducting business all day via Zoom from his NYC home, according to a CBS spokesperson.

Seated on the dais at the first WHCD since 2019, Cheeks was right next to First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and current White House Correspondents Association chief and CBS News’ Steven Portnoy initially. When President Joe Biden arrived an hour or so into the event, Cheeks greeted POTUS and shook hands with him, as well as marquee MC Trevor Noah. – as you can figure out from the photo to the right.

Subsequently, just before Biden delivered his remarks and right after the commander in chief had spoken, Cheeks sat next to the First Lady and the President as the Daily Show host roasted the power player filled room.

Like everyone of the around 2,600 who were at the dinner in the Washington Hilton ballroom, Cheeks strictly followed all required screening protocols and testing negative before the so-called Nerd Prom dinner. During the hoopla surrounding the WHCD, Cheeks was seen at the UTA party before the dinner wearing a mask. At the Paramount Global party in DC after the WHCD, Cheeks was not wearing a mask, I’m told. But the fact is, almost everyone who went to the WHCD went maskless after the big event itself.

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Source: Deadline