Sports fan Joel McHale ready to take aim at ath­letes — and Cait­lyn Jen­ner

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY BETH HARRIS

Joel McHale has landed the ul­ti­mate gig for a se­ri­ous sports fan: host­ing the ESPY Awards.

The ac­tor won’t be shy about tak­ing aim at the ath­letes he idol­izes when he pre­sides over the an­nual show hon­our­ing the year’s best sports mo­ments.

And that in­cludes Cait­lyn Jen­ner, who will ac­cept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Be­fore com­ing out as a trans­gen­der woman ear­lier this year, she was known as Bruce Jen­ner, the 1976 Olympic de­cathlon cham­pion and re­al­ity TV reg­u­lar on “Keep­ing up With the Kar­dashi­ans.”

McHale has per­fected skew­er­ing pop cul­ture and re­al­ity TV as host of “The Soup” on E! for 11 years. So host­ing the ESPYs isn’t much of a stretch. The show airs live Wed­nes­day on ABC for the first time af­ter 22 years on sis­ter net­work ESPN.

“Ev­ery­body is open to have jokes about them if I’m there,” he said re­cently. “The only thing you re­ally can’t make fun of is the in memoriam” sec­tion of the show.

McHale grew up in Seat­tle and later played football at the Univer­sity of Washington.

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