Joel McHale to Host People’s Choice Awards

Joel McHale to Host People's Choice
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Joel McHale will host the 2017 People’s Choice Awards, Variety has learned.

The film, music, television and digital awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS.

“The people have spoken, and they want Jimmy Kimmel to host the 2017 Oscars!” McHale said. “And the people have also spoken, and said that it would be okay if I hosted the 2017 People’s Choice Awards. Well, one person said that. Luckily, that person was Les Moonves, so no one questioned it.”

McHale is the star of CBS’ freshman comedy “The Great Indoors.” Hailing from CBS Television Studios and executive produced by Chris Harris, Mike Gibbons, Andy Ackerman, Judd Pillot, and John Peaslee, the series is averaging a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers.

McHale previously starred in NBC and Yahoo’s “Community” and as the host of E!’s “The Soup.” He hosted the 2014 White House Correspondents Association Dinner and the 2015 ESPY Awards.

“Joel is a brilliant comedic talent, and the perfect host for this show,” said People’s Choice executive producer Mark Burnett. “He is a triple threat. An actor; a writer and a performer, and we look forward to him bringing all of those amazing talents to People’s Choice Awards 2017.”

The 2016 People’s Choice Awards on CBS drew a 1.3 demo rating and 6 million viewers. The 2017 ceremony will be broadcast live on the East Coast and with a three-hour delay on the West Coast. Nominees were revealed last month. Voting for most categories has closed, but remains open for favorite new TV comedy and favorite new TV drama until the night of the show. Fans can vote at http://www.PeoplesChoice.com.