Joel McHale on Kardashians: I thank them for my cars, house & kids’ education

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Joel McHale has a new interview with The Daily Beast to promote the upcoming sixth season of Community, which will premiere with two episodes available on Yahoo! screen on March 17. (Yahoo! isn’t releasing all the episodes at once and the rollout will be in a traditional weekly format.) I’m so excited for my favorite sitcom of all time to come back. There will be some missing castmembers, notably Troy (Donald Glover/Childish Gambino) who left midway through season five, and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) who is now starring on The Odd Couple reboot, with Matthew Perry. (I tried to watch that and couldn’t stick with it.) Still, the core cast is there, especially leader Jeff Winger, who is of course deftly played by McHale.

McHale also hosts and co-writes E!’s The Soup, a weekly hilarious, often rude send up of the most ridiculous moments in pop culture and television. While McHale has admitted that they’re not allowed to mention Kim Kardashian’s sex tape, they are able to mock almost every other aspect of the Kardashians’s lives, and for that he’s grateful. I can relate. Here’s some of what McHale told The Daily Beast, with more at the source:

On The Kardashians
Once it is fused to your spine and to your brain, it cannot be undone. They are a part of my DNA. Their celebrity has reached a level that E! never dreamt of, and for The Soup, they are in the news every day—even if they do nothing.

Yesterday it was ‘Kim Kardashian Is Taking Piano Lessons!’ This is not news! No one really cares about it, but everyone talks about it, and it’s happening! I guess I have to thank them for the cars that I own and the house that I live in and for the education for my children, because they have, in a very weird way, paid for it.

On The Soup mocking E!
If we couldn’t make fun of E!, I don’t think the show could exist because it would be such a glaring hole. Even with what happened with Giuliana the other week, E!, even though they were incredibly nervous about it, they still let us tell jokes about it. I have great respect for that because it was a touchy situation. Obviously, Giuliana will be fine and the network will be fine, but they let us go for it, and Giuliana let us go for it.

On meeting Michelle Obama when he hosted the Correspondents’ Dinner
I know that Michelle [Obama] watches The Soup, and I’m pretty sure her daughters are familiar with Community. I got to sit next to her and talk to her, and I was absolutely enamored by her. She is the real deal.

On being able to make jokes at the President’s expense
I was speaking to reporters in Europe after [The White House Correspondents Dinner] and I said to them, ‘I live in the greatest country in the world,’ and they said, ‘Wait a minute, Mr. American…’ And I said, ‘Because I can tell jokes like that about the leader of the country that I’m a citizen of, and I wasn’t put in jail for it.’ There are so many other countries where if I said 5 percent of what I said to the president, I’d be in jail for the rest of my life cracking rocks.

[From The Daily Beast]

As Kaiser often says, the Kardashians are easy gossip filler. There are many days that are a dearth for gossip until Kim Kardashian wears a terrible outfit, takes an ass selfie or paints an orange stripe on her nose. Plus she has four sisters who are similarly inept at fashion, makeup and life choices. I too thank them for making our job easier. Many Bravo shows and reality stars have attempted to take the mantle away from The Kardashians and no one has even come close.

In terms of McHale’s gratitude for the Kardashians, his job and ‘Murica, he’s awesome and he proves it every time he opens his mouth. I just love him. Community is back March 17th!


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  1. RocketMerry says:

    Six seasons and a movie!

    • jammypants says:

      It looks more to happen now. *secretly wishes it into motion*

      • RocketMerry says:

        I know, right? Cool stuff, I love Community!
        *crosses fingers and silently wishes tons of money in the direction of Community producers*

  2. Carolina says:

    His tan in the second picture is horrible. It looks like he smudged dirt on his face.

  3. original kay says:

    Clever man.

    Not allowed to mention the sex tape on the show, while mentioning the sex tape in interviews.


  4. mia girl says:

    I seriously like Joel McHale so much. I hope he’s the real deal that I think he is and that we won’t find out he kidnaps kittens or something. I’d be so sad.

    • Sadezilla says:

      He seems genuine to me, let it be real! I love a self-aware celebrity. And the Soup is pure comedy gold.

    • Mata says:

      I dealt with him through business a couple of years ago and we still have a few mutual acquaintances. I’m happy to report that he is totally the real deal. He’s genuinely down to earth, smart, and funny. A great guy.

  5. Franca says:

    He talked with reporters from EUROPE about mocking the government? Has he ever seen a european satirical show? Most Europeans son’t follow the “respect the office” mantra and say much worse stuff than he said.

    • Tristan says:

      Maybe he was talking with correspondents from the Russian & non EU ex Soviet bloc states. We have seen that criticising Putin gets you either killed, sent to Siberia or invaded

      • Franca says:

        Oh God, yes, I forgot about that. My apologies.
        But he does say it in a way that implies you can mock the president ONLY in the US.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        Okay, yes, Russia and Turkey possibly. But those two mostly belong to Asia anyway. I can’t come up with many European countries where this is an issue. Azerbaijan maybe? I don’t know if “Europe” (and I’m never sure people even know how many countries and cultures they’re lumping together) is the place to brag about freedom of speech. But I get what he’s saying in general. Maybe it came out wrong.

      • Algernon says:

        You can’t say sh-t about the royal family in Spain. I don’t think the same is true of the prime minister, who actually runs the government, but I know they’ve had clashes with the media over negative press for the royal family. I think it’s a fair point to say that one of the best things about living in the US is that you can say whatever you want about anyone you want and the worst thing that will happen to you is maybe some people won’t like you, or will make fun of you back.

        ETA: And just because he said that to European media, doesn’t mean he was referring to Europe itself. He just said, “There are so many other countries,” I didn’t read that as singling out Europe, specifically.

      • Katija says:

        Russian here. What Joel said is inspiring and beautiful and I love him even more for it.

        But yes, LOL, if you’re British or German or a Western European, you’d blink with confusion at the notion that you have to be American to practice free speech, haha. Try being from the former SU! Urgh, never again. I don’t even want to visit anymore. Thanks, Putin.

        I think sometimes the “we’re the greatest country in the world” stuff comes across as intimidating to Western Europeans. A better line is, “a free society with freedom of speech and travel is the GREATEST form of society.”

      • Franca says:

        I’m from the Balkans and during communism people couldn’t talk about the government, so I think we’re overcompensating now. You can say everything about everyone.

      • Dragonbruja says:

        @Algernon. Actually there have been very few instances of clashes between the Spanish royal family and the media Spain. About 30 years ago a journalist/wanna-be comedian was fired for implying that Infanta Elena was mentally challenged and the weekly satirical magazine El Jueves has seen their cover blocked a couple of times. There is a healthy tradition of satirical commentary on the government and the royal family. Just to name a few: Las noticias del guiñol in the 90s and early 2000s on Canal + and Cuatro, Polonia on TV3, for the past 8 or 10 years, the play La familia irreal which is still currently being shown and has run for several years, and countless radio shows and cartoons on many newspapers everyday all over Spain. Perhaps TVE (spanish public television) tends to be kinder to the royals and members of the government but other than that there are plenty of jokes and criticism about them. In Al rojo vivo on La Sexta, for instance, they criticise the government relentlessly.

  6. Mzizkrizten says:

    I crush hard on Joel McHale. Mmmmm. He is in the movie Deliver Us From Evil and ooooo la la <3

  7. Mia4S says:

    Even with that “K” word in the title I do not skip a Joel McHale post! He’s a fixture on my Freebie Five list.

  8. Erykah B. says:


  9. lucy2 says:

    Love him. Can’t wait for Community to come back. And thanks to him, even though he can’t say it anymore, we all know Kim K is famous for having a big ass and a sex tape.

  10. Felice says:

    That’s odd. In the earlier seasons, The Soup would reference the tape A LOT. I guess he got paid to stop.

    • Bridget says:

      The K ardashians complained. He used to introduce them by saying “Kim, who is famous for having a big ass and a sex tape” every single time. And he was told to stop.

  11. serena says:

    On another note, is ‘The odd couple’ that bad? I feel awful for Matthew Perry if this is gonna be another failure.. : (

  12. Katie says:

    And he just get more handsome with age…

  13. Katija says:

    I just did some loose math in my head, and I feel like Kim Kardashian has lasted longer than Paris Hilton’s reign.

    It really, REALLY needs to wind to a close. Urgh. I feel like if it weren’t for Kanye, it probably would have already.

  14. Anna says:

    My husband, mother-in-law and I were watching some movie he was in with Eric Bana. It’s a few years old. There were ghosts, I think. They were cops. hahaha Anyway, my husband and I were having this whole side conversation about how “the guy from Community shaped up well to play an officer” and we were like “Go Jeff Winger! In a movie with Eric Bana! That’s kinda famous!” lol My MIL finally had to tell us to stop talking. =)