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Joel McHale to continue as host of 'The Soup'

May 4, 2009 |  6:28 pm


Joel McHale, the irreverent host of "The Soup," is going broadcast network on us, but that doesn't mean Lou the chihuahua is going to have to make fun of Tyra Banks by himself.

McHale is under contract with E! and will continue to perform his duties as TV's chief mocker on the comedic clip show while he balances his new acting gig on NBC, according to network sources. McHale is the star of "Community," a single-camera comedy that NBC picked up for fall.

The series, set in a small-town community college, where the student body consists of high school losers, newly divorced housewives, and old people who want to keep their minds active, according to NBC. McHale plays a lawyer whose license has been revoked because of problems with his college degree.

Chevy Chase also stars in it.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez

Photo: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times