NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18:  Joel McHale attends 2016 CBS Upfront at The Plaza on May 18, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 18: Joel McHale attends 2016 CBS Upfront at The Plaza on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

The Only Major Awards Show Honoring Fan Favorites in Movies, Music, Television and Digital, to be Broadcast LIVE, Wednesday, Jan. 18, on CBS 


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

“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 of those amazing talents to ‘People’s Choice Awards 2017.’”

Currently, comedian and actor Joel McHale stars in the television comedy THE GREAT INDOORS, on the Network. Previously, he starred in the comedy series “Community,” which aired for six seasons, and was the popular host of the series “The Soup,” which satirized pop culture and current events for 12 seasons. In addition, he appeared in the revival of the cult sci-fi television series, “The X-Files.”

McHale’s feature film credits include “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 he hosted the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., and he hosted 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.

The nominees for PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2017 were revealed last month. Voting has closed for most categories, but remains open for “Favorite New TV Comedy” and “Favorite New TV Drama” until show night at


Media assets for PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2017 are available at courtesy of Getty Images. Media outlets can apply for credentials to cover PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2017 at The deadline to apply for credentials is Friday, Dec. 23.

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 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 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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