Joel McHale on ‘Daily Show’ Job: ‘I Don’t Think I’m Smart Enough’

Joel McHale has been bandied about as a replacement for Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show,” but “The Soup” host said he’s not interested in the role.

“I don’t think I’m smart enough to do the job,” he told Variety. “I think I come off as being smart. But deep down I’m really not. Plus, I’ve just signed on for two more years at E!, and I’m having a ball on that show. And E! has been incredibly good.”

Contract issues aside, McHale said “The Soup” couldn’t be more different from “The Daily Show.”

“Jon Stewart deals with large, very important issues,” he said. “We obsess about the weirdos on ‘The Bachelor’ who do ghost adventures and look for Bigfoot. So I think the show would not be up to the intellectual standards that everyone is looking for.”

McHale said he was shocked and surprised by the news of Stewart’s exit. “Talk about cranking out talent out of that show!” He singled out “Daily Show” alum and “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver, who has made frequent guest appearances on “Community,” which will make its sixth season debut on Yahoo on March 17. “We would love to get him back, but he has no time,” said McHale.

 

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