Joel McHale: I’m Always an NBC Fan, Even ‘The Biggest Loser’

by | March 4, 2010 at 5:20 PM | Community, TV News

Joel McHale of NBC's 'Community' (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Joel McHale of NBC's 'Community' (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Joel McHale may have choice words for celebrities like the Kardashians or Britney Spears.

But when it comes to knowing who pays the bills, the ‘Community’ star is supportive of his employer NBC, even while the lagging network faces scrutiny.

“I think NBC has always been at the cutting edge of network comedy,” McHale told Fancast at Wednesday’s PaleyFest 2010 event for his sitcom. “Thursday night comedy on NBC is one of the most famous nights in network TV and has been for years. To be included in the same group as Amy Poehler, Steve Carell and Tina Fey, just to be in that company, is awesome.”

Known for being a live-wire pop commentator on E!’s ‘The Soup,’ McHale was stoked when the network gave ‘Community’ plum placement on Thursday nights, placing him among the historic “Must See TV” elite of ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Cheers,’ and ‘Friends.’

“When we heard we were going to be on Thursdays, I was, ‘Well, they’re giving us a real shot.’ So I was thrilled,” McHale says. “I could not believe I was put there.”

Bashing NBC has become de rigeur, especially with the network’s recent late-night ‘fiasco’ of revolving ‘Tonight Show’ hosts.

At the suggestion of trash-talking his own network, McHale joked, “Trash NBC? Why would I do that? No, hey, I love ‘The Biggest Loser,’ I really do.”

Watch the ‘Community’ gang takes a study break to play Truth or Dare.


On this Thursday’s episode, McHale disrobes and displays a sculpted physique for a nude pool game, opposite veteran comedy actor Blake Clark. He shared details of the nude shoot with Fancast.

“As soon as I found out I was going to be naked, which was about a week and a half or two weeks in advance, at the table read, I said, ‘Oh, I should now starve myself of all sugar and all carbs and try to do some push-ups,’” McHale says. “I was like, ‘Oh boy, here we go.’ I had a lot of eggs, which was really pleasant for my family. The nudey underwear was so tight and small, I could put regular underwear over it. If you put tighty-whiteys over it, you wouldn’t even know.”