Joel McHale Extends E! Deal Through 2016

He'll remain as host of 'The Soup' and also continue his production deal with the network
Joel McHale

E! Entertainment said Thursday that it has extended The Soup host Joel McHale's deal through 2016.

As part of the agreement, the actor-comedian will continue to host the long-running comedy show. Produced by Wilshire Studios, the Emmy-nominated show began airing live this past summer.

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Additionally, McHale’s production company, Free Period Productions, will continue its development deal, giving E! first-look rights to ideas for nonscripted series.

“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,” said Jeff Olde, executive vp original programming and development at E! “On behalf of the network and fans of The Soup, we can’t help but smile as we look forward to more years of comedy with McHale.’”

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Said McHale: "I'm thrilled to be working at E! for two more years hosting The Soup. 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. Thank you E!, Comcast Universal, and the entire Dallas Maverick organization."

McHale, who is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham, also stars on Community, which is moving from NBC to Yahoo Screen with a 13-episode order for its sixth season.