Joel McHale Announced as Host for PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2017

The Only Major Awards Show Honoring Fan Favorites in Movies, Music, TV and Digital

Show to Air LIVE, Wednesday, January 18, 2017 on CBS

LOS ANGELES--()--The People’s Choice Awards and CBS announced today that comedian and star of CBS’ “The Great Indoors,” Joel McHale, will host PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2017, honoring fan favorites in movies, music, TV and digital. The winners will be announced during the live broadcast from Microsoft Theater L.A. Live, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

“Joel is a brilliant comedic talent, and the perfect host for this show”

“The people have spoken, and they want Jimmy Kimmel to host the 2017 Oscars! And the people have also spoken, and said that it would be okay if I hosted the 2017 People's Choice Awards. Well, one person said that. Luckily, that person was Les Moonves, so no one questioned it,” said Joel McHale.

“Joel is a brilliant comedic talent, and the perfect host for this show," said executive producer Mark Burnett. "He is a triple threat. An actor, a writer and a performer, and we look forward to him bringing all those amazing talents to the 2017 People’s Choice Awards.”

McHale is well known to television audiences for his starring role in the comedy series “Community,” which aired for six seasons. Also, McHale was the popular host of the series, “The Soup,” which satirized pop culture and current events for 12 seasons. He recently appeared in the revival of the cult sci-fi television series, “The X-Files.” He has amassed a number of feature film credits, including “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas,” opposite Robin Williams, the supernatural thriller “Deliver Us from Evil,” the romantic comedy “Blended,” alongside Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, “Ted,” “What’s Your Number?,” “The Big Year,” “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D” and “The Informant.” A successful stand-up comedian, McHale continues to perform his act around the country to sold-out audiences as well as lend his comedic voice to a number of events. In 2014, McHale hosted the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. and the 2015 ESPY Awards. In October, Joel McHale published his part memoir, part how-to guide, “Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be.”

Last month, nominees for PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2017 were revealed by stars Jordana Brewster (“Lethal Weapon”), Jamie Chung (“Office Christmas Party”), Ken Jeong (“Dr. Ken”), Boris Kodjoe (“Code Black”), Piper Perabo (“Notorious”), Molly Shannon (“Divorce”), Wilmer Valderrama (“NCIS”), Executive Producer Mark Burnett and People’s Choice President Fred Nelson.

Voting for PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2017 has closed for most categories, but will remain open for Favorite New TV Comedy and Favorite New TV Drama until show night on www.PeoplesChoice.com.

Media assets for the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2017 can be found at www.EPKlink.com/PeoplesChoiceAwards2017 courtesy of Getty Images.

Media outlets can apply for credentials to cover PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2017 at https://slatepr.wufoo.com/forms/zibpjmq16c4577/. The deadline to apply for credentials is Friday, December 23, 2016.

Tickets to the awards show are currently available for fans to purchase through AXS.com.

ABOUT PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Now in its 43rd year, the People’s Choice Awards is the only major awards show voted on entirely by the public for fan favorites in movies, music, television and digital. The People’s Choice official website at www.PeoplesChoice.com houses the voting platform where fans determine the nominees and winners for the annual awards show. Every year, potential nominees are determined by national ratings averages, box-office grosses, music sales, social media activity and PeoplesChoice.com data, then vetted through E-Poll Market Research. Fred Nelson is the President of People’s Choice, and serves alongside Mark Burnett, Jane Mun and Kimmie H. Kim as Executive Producers of the awards show. The awards show, and digital, mobile and social extensions of the brand are owned by Procter & Gamble. The show is produced by MGM Television and MGM serves as the international distributor.

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