Joel McHale’s sons demanded $125 a piece to do a People photoshoot

Joel McHale has that sitcom coming up this fall on CBS, The Great Indoors, which I hope does well for him. It doesn’t look promising from the preview, but I’ll watch a couple of episodes and give it a chance. McHale was also a guest host on Live with Kelly last week, where he was so funny and sarcastic. At one point he riled up the audience by claiming they had all won Hamilton tickets, which was so not true, and he kept joking that Gelman, the show’s producer, was getting antsy because he wasn’t following the format. You can tell he’s not going to become Kelly’s plus one, but if he was I would watch it every day just to see what he would do.

Joel has a new interview with People about his family life, particularly his two boys aged 8 and 11. He also shared a photo of them on Live. Judging from the interview they inherited their dad’s sense of humor as they demanded cash to pose for the photo. I have an 11 year-old son and I could relate so much to this.

“How have my children changed my life? I don’t have that Lamborghini Diablo because of all the money I’ve spent on them,” McHale tells PEOPLE of sons Eddie, 11 and Isaac, 8. “Instead of wiping one, I now wipe three butts. But that’s happening less and less now.”

McHale, star of the upcoming CBS sitcom The Great Indoors, admits that even though having kids takes up all your free time, he wouldn’t want to spend it any other way.

“When we’re in New York and just walking with them, I feel so happy,” he says. “Like, these are my boys, I’m walking down the street with my boys. That makes me proud. Then a TMZ reporter will come over, shove a microphone in my face, and then Eddie will go, ‘Do you know this guy?’ and then the reporter will leave and Isaac will go [mimics extreme sarcasm voice], ‘Oooo, is that one of your fans? Do they want your photo?’ They are as sarcastic as I am which is terrifying.”

The former Community star, who will release a memoir Thanks for the Money in the fall, reveals that while his kids inherited their good looks and hair from their mother, they have developed a fine talent for bargaining and negotiating.

“They literally negotiated for this shoot,” McHale says of asking his sons to participate in the PEOPLE Father’s Day photo shoot. “I said, ‘You want to do this shoot? We’re going to have a pillow fight for a photo shoot.’ And the older one was like, ‘Yeah, if I get paid.’ And then we negotiated down to $125 a piece.”

(Writer’s note: PEOPLE asked McHale’s son Eddie what he likes most about his dad. The answer: “That he gives us money,” so this particular theme rings true. McHale jokes that he offered his boys more money to answer PEOPLE’s questions.)

[From People]

This is typical for kids around that age. I promised my son I wouldn’t talk about him much on the site, but so much of what his kids said and did was familiar to me. That’s all I’m saying! That’s excellent that McHale has a memoir coming out this fall. I’m really looking forward to it. It sounds like the title, Thanks for The Money, was inspired by his boys.

Also, McHale got papped out in New York! I can’t tell you how happy Joel McHale paparazzi pics make me.
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  1. Lucy2 says:

    Lol, sounds like his kids definitely got his sarcastic/funny personality.

  2. Mia4s says:

    Love it, love all of them.

    All celeb kids should take a hint and demand payment. Jessica Alba’s and Jessica Simpson’s kids would be independently wealthy by now!

  3. Krista says:

    I saw him do stand up about a decade ago and the whole time he hilariously gushed about his kid. It was adorable. You can tell he genuinely loves being a dad more than anything else.

  4. Goodnight says:

    Joel is awesome. I miss The Soup.

  5. Jayna says:

    I love love love him, and I didn’t realize he had such great arms. Yum.

  6. Hudson Girl says:

    I’m gonna get in trouble for this but, I’m happy to hear his kids know the value of a dollar.
    One of my brothers was like this. He was ALWAYS negotiating, asking for $$ if he did (so & so chore) but, always paid for his own stuff. He didn’t expect my parents to pay for the extras like fancy toys and the best skis – he just tried to humorously negotiate for more allowance. My other brother, the oldest, had a lazy and spoiled character (not my parents fault) and expected everything to be handed to him. Guess which brother is FAR more successful as an adult…

  7. Rhiley says:

    I love Joel McHale, and based on the emails that were leaked involving him from the Sony Scandal, he seems like a genuinely respectful, nice guy. But if I heard my 11 year old niece or 8 year old nephew talk like this, I would discipline them. To me, it doesn’t sound funny at all, but very bratty and entitled. If this is normal talk for this age group, then it is from kids who are from a privileged socioeconomic background.

    • Krista says:

      Really? It sounds to me like the kids are very bright and aware of how silly fame is. I think a lot of celebrities could benefit from gentle ribbing like that.

      • Rhiley says:

        Maybe the ribbing doesn’t come across so well in print, but if I heard a couple kids say that what they like best about their parents is that the parents gives them money, my first thought would be “what a couple of little sh*ts.”

      • Krista says:

        Oh, sorry. I thought you were referring to when the paps came up to them on the street.
        Yeah, the money comment doesn’t come across well…

      • Bridget says:

        They’re 8 and 11, they understand what it means to be in People magazine. If this is a part of their dad’s job, why wouldn’t it then be a job for them if they’re included?

  8. HeatherAnn says:

    I think they’re kidding. My boys that age hate admitting they love me especially in a public format.

  9. Chetta B. says:

    *apiece* :)

  10. celine says:

    Happy to see a Joel McHale post. So love this guy.

  11. Becki says:

    Love him!!

  12. Alex says:

    I love Joel McHale and I wish he had his own talk show of some sort again. His kids sound like his mini clones which is hilarious and probably scary for him haha

  13. Beckysuz says:

    I love him. I hope we get more Joel around here

  14. cicada says:

    Man, that boxed water company is really going all out to get people to pose with their product.

  15. Newyorking says:

    If I heard kids say the best thing they liked about me was that I gave money, I would find it funny. Or if someone else’s kids said that, I would laugh and make it a joke. I don’t get what the big deal is. Why wouldn’t kids like money? They can buy whatever they want with it! I like Joel a lot. No way will Kelly have him as co-host, he would completely steal her thunder.

  16. Jessie Mendoza says:

    I’ve loved Joel since before he got his hair plugs lol. I’m so glad he’s finally getting real traction in Hollywood past the Soup, because he is fantastic! Attractive, hilarious, nice. I’m a fan!

  17. MC2 says:

    If he gets the gig with Kelly I would watch every day! I would change my schedule around, work less, ignore my children, not eat- I don’t care!!! If there is a campaign for this tell me where to sign.

    • misery chick says:

      @ MC2-ITA, I would watch every.!!!!
      I always thought Anderson/Andy/Jerry or any of her other ‘besties’ would be the best co-hosts for the show, but after seeing Joel Mc, I’ve totally changed my mind. The contrast between the two made for an interesting & somewhat ‘edgier’ show. I paid a lot more attention just to see what Joel would say and how Kelly would (or more tellingly NOT) react.

      CB is right though; KR will never let ANYONE steal her thunder…EVER.

  18. Josefina says:

    I’ve always wondered why Joel isn’t a bigger star (he doesn’t want to?). He’s talented, charismatic, and extremely good looking. Most of the current big stars in Hollywood only have one, in some cases two, of those characteristics.

  19. Sarah says:

    I am a big fan. Have been to his stand-up shows a bunch of times and used to watch the Soup religiously. He needs to be on TV more. Love his humor. He seems like a real gentleman and a family guy, always speaks so well of his wife.

  20. Kate says:

    How about Joel takes over from Kelly Ripa?