Joel McHale describes ‘Celebrity Beef’ as ‘Cooking with celebrities while we yawn’ [Exclusive]

Comedian Joel McHale describes celebrity beef a! like a cooking talk show where he gets to “get silly” and cook with a bunch of celebrities.

McHale will host a handful of celebrities, including reality stars Caroline Manzo and Jeff Lewis to actors Cheryl Hines and Todd Bridges. The concept behind the show – other than messing around – is to give celebrities a chance to “crush their beef”, while cooking a meal and earning money.

Joel McHale can’t believe he’s returning to E!

McHale, who serves as executive producer and host of the show, laughed off his comeback on E! “I cook with celebrities while we cheat. It’s called celebrity beef,” McHale told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. McHale took a moment to joke about his triumphant (?) return to E!

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“And that I’ll be back on E!” he exclaimed. “I can’t believe I’m back on E! …yeah I’m glad to be here. But if you say, [The Soup] will end and you’ll start cooking again, I’d say, I don’t think that’s a thing, but OK, it’s an imaginary world that you live in.

McHale’s star took off when he became the host of E! Soup in 2004. The show gained popularity with McHale driving the fun pop culture bus and for 12 years it was a huge draw. But after 22 seasons, McHale said the narrative has changed on the network.

“E! left the comedy business when Chelsea [Handler] on the left and, unfortunately, Joan [Rivers] died,” McHale told The Music in 2017. “We were the last man standing. Adding, “It didn’t fit their model and that was the end of it. We were doing just fine in E!notes; we did well compared to other things on the network.

Joel McHale invents the rules along the way

While a throwback to E! might sound surreal, the kitchen mashup while riffing is something that makes McHale feel right at home. “It won’t be like Curtis Stone,” he joked.

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“I do all the judging and I make all the rules,” he said. But added that his set of rules will be very different from what you find on a show like Chef. “As Gordon Ramsay has very good rules laid down on Chef. If we’re running out of time, I’ll just say, ‘You have one more minute. To chase. I see you’re not done yet, he said. “While we all bullshit each other.”

In the celebrity beef trailer, McHale says actor Todd Bridges really thought he was actor Jason Sudeikis. Adding: ‘I don’t think anyone knows why they are here. Especially me.”

“Celebrity Beef” is chaos, humiliation and anarchy

When McHale was on Soup, E! the producers encouraged him to poke fun at the network. And now he’s back to hang out E! any chance he has. “We have chaos. Anarchy. And humiliation. The cornerstone of all E! shows,” McHale joked in the celebrity beef trailer.

“As the celebrities try to settle scores in the kitchen, things get spicy as they reveal the scoop on their rivalry. As host, Joel acts as prosecutor, judge and jury, creating twists and turns with various challenges throughout the showdown. The winner of each challenge will have an advantage over their competitor, such as being treated to exclusive ingredients, while the loser will receive cruel punishment, such as trading in their knives for gardening tools,” according to E!

“At the end of each episode, the contestants present their final meal to Joel for the ultimate taste test, as he crowns one person the winner and helps the duos mash their beef once and for all. The winner will also receive a trophy and receive $10,000 for the charity of their choice.

celebrity beef premieres Tuesday, August 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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