Joel McHale Says He Has No Interest in Hosting a Latenight Talk Show

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Joel McHale has made it clear that he is not interested in his own latenight show.

“F— no!” McHale told Conan O’Brien on the TBS laffer Friday night. “Who would do that? That is so much work, right? I’d be worried I’d die under an avalanche of used suits.”

“I’m funny about once a week,” McHale remarked, referring to the scheduling of his E! talk-show “The Soup.” “I’m on the E! network, where can you go higher from there?”

The statement effectively quashes rumors that McHale would step in to replace Craig Ferguson, who will be exiting CBS’ “Late Late Show” at the end of the year.

Rumors began swirling that the “Community” star would take over for Ferguson when he retweeted a photo of him with CBS chief Leslie Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen. However, McHale clarified that the photo was just that — a photo.

“Listen, that was a f— picture,” McHale said. “The entertainment business assumed, well, that’s a contract.”

Previously, the comedian teased that he couldn’t replace Ferguson unless he was let out of his contract with NBC for “Community,” which was canceled by the Peacock earlier this year. Despite the cancelation, McHale has been busy lately, making the rounds to promote his new film “Deliver Us From Evil,” and recently hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner.

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