Joel McHale Extends E! Deal To Host ‘The Soup’, Produce Unscripted Series

E! Entertainment has locked in one of its top personalities, extending its deal with The Soup host Joel McHale through 2016. The actor and comedian will remain at the helm of the comedy show. Additionally, McHale’s production company, Free Period Productions, will continue its production development deal, which gives E! first look rights to non-scripted series. This marks the first major talent deal to close under new E! programming chief Jeff Olde. “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,” Olde said.

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.”

McHale is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.

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