Overheard at Lunch: D.C. Gossip Girl

Kal Penn Brunches at Busboys

Busboys and Poets tweeted a photo of actor, producer and former White House staffer Kal Penn during the holiday season. The actor stopped in for brunch over Christmas weekend. No word on what he had, but Penn did manage to pose with employees.

Allison Janney Is Rosewood Curator

Actress Allison Janney was named curator of the Rosewood hotel on 31st Street NW in Georgetown. Janney will share travel recommendations and insider tips on how to best experience D.C. What makes Janney qualified to orient visitors to our great city? She spent six years exploring the area while filming “The West Wing” in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Jarvanka may flee Kalorama for Massachusetts Avenue Heights.

Jarvanka May Flee Kalorama

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are believed to be house hunting, the Washington Post reported. The first daughter and her husband, both White House advisers, are mulling a move from their Kalorama home, where paparazzi snap too many family photos. They are looking in Massachusetts Avenue Heights, but Dad may not visit if they end up there — Hillary and Bill Clinton own a home in that neighborhood.

Sarah Silverman Defends Franken

Comedian Sarah Silverman spoke out in defense of former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota). On New Year’s Day, Silverman told TMZ she was upset that Franken was forced to resign and mad that President Trump — who, like Franken, was accused of sexual misconduct — didn’t suffer the same fate. In the end, Silverman admitted it was important to respect the women who accused Franken.

‘Today’ Kicks Off Year of the Woman

The “Today” show rang in the new year Jan. 2 by announcing that longtime reporter Hoda Kotb, co-host of the show’s 10 a.m. hour, will replace Matt Lauer. Lauer was ousted in late 2017 after reports came out of his sexual misconduct. Kotb is now co-anchoring with Savannah Guthrie.

Vinny Guadagnino of “Jersey Shore” knows more about climate change than the president.

‘Jersey Shore’ Cast Member Schools Trump

Demonstrating more scientific knowledge than President Donald Trump, former “Jersey Shore” cast member Vinny Guadagnino tweeted: “I think climate change is more complex than global warming will make it hotter. It has to do with disruptions of atmospheric conditions, ocean patterns, jet streams and sh*t like that.” Trump’s Dec. 28 tweet advised those celebrating New Year’s Eve to “bundle up,” stating: “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old global warming that our country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against.”

Prince Harry Coy Re Obama Invite

People magazine reported that Prince Harry and fiancée Meghan Markle have not finalized the guest list for their May 19 wedding. Harry, a guest editor for the BBC Radio 4 program “Today,” declined to say whether or not the Obamas would be invited. The younger son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana struck up a friendship with the Obama family in recent years.


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