Joel McHale Extends ‘The Soup’ Hosting Gig Through 2016

Actor and comedian Joel McHale will continue to offer his take on pop culture, extending his agreement to host E!’s “The Soup” through 2016.

McHale’s Free Period Prods. will also continue its production development deal with E!, which gives the network first-look rights to ideas for non-scripted series.

“Whether he is entertaining the audience with the best worst of the week or offering up a fresh hit of pop culture on the production development front, McHale is a valued fixture at the network for both his industry know-how and comic relief,” said Jeff Olde, exec vice president of original programming and development at E!.  “On behalf of the network and fans of ‘The Soup,’ we can’t help but smile as we look forward to more years of comedy with McHale.”

Earlier this year, McHale shot down rumors that he would take over as host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” telling Conan O’Brien that that gig would come with more work and office bureaucrats.

“I’m thrilled to be working at E! for two more years hosting ‘The Soup,’” said McHale.  “Although I narrowly beat Mitt Romney out for the job in a number of states, I’m confident that I can keep up the same quality of humorous observation of shows like “Naked Dating” and “Bad Girls Club Season 12 Reunion Part 2” that the American people age 18-49 have come to expect and deserve. Thank you E!, Comcast Universal, and the entire Dallas Maverick organization.”

“The Soup” offers a weekly satirical take on reality television and pop culture moments, airing at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays on E!.  The series is produced by Wilshire Studios.

McHale is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.

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