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Joel McHale to host this year's ESPY Awards

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Community star Joel McHale will be hosting this year’s ESPY Awards, which will be broadcast live on ABC for the first time, ESPN announced Thursday. 

This will be McHale’s first time hosting the ESPYs, but he’s no stranger to helming high-profile events: He headlined the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2014 and has starred on E!’s The Soup since 2004.

“Joel is an extremely talented performer, a unique voice, and a huge sports fan,” ESPN Films and Original Content senior vice president Connor Schell said in a statement. “His experience as a comedian and love of sports make Joel the perfect host for the ESPYs’ inaugural broadcast on ABC.”

That “love of sports” is partly referring to McHale’s past as a college football player and rower—though his comedy chops, which earned him an Emmy nomination in 2014, are likely what got him the job.

The ESPY Awards air July 15 on ABC.