Once upon a time, there was a show called, The Soup. The E! series would blend together comedy and pop-culture for viewers. In 2015, the show came to an end and former host Joel McHale re-shifted his career focus. Now with Netflix, McHale is back in front of the camera to start where he left off but only this time he feels he has fewer restrictions. In a talk with Variety, McHale revealed that the Kardashian family became a topic he was restricted from joking about by network executives.
According to the veteran comedian/TV host, the two shows are like night and day…and that’s primarily because his restrictions are no longer dictated by the Kardashians. “When Ted Harbert [started at E!], he basically said the sky is the limit and do what you want to do,” McHale said of the former E! chief. “Way back when, Kris Kardashian would complain about our jokes, and Ted would literally go, ‘Hey man, Kris called, can you just lay off of her for a week?'” McHale explained that the muzzle tightened even more once new executives took over the network. “The next administration, the president said to my face, ‘Don’t make fun of the Kardashians. We don’t want you to make fun of the Kardashians anymore.’ So I was like, oh this show is doomed because that’s why the show worked, because we would make fun of ourselves. It’s like when Letterman made fun of GE in the ‘80s. You have to bite the hand that feeds you. The network really did not like when the Kardashians first came out and then we just said Kim Kardashian was only famous for having a big ass and a sex tape.”
McHale would go on to reassure fans that his new series, The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale on Netflix, will not have previous restrictions.