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Joel McHale

It was a Photo

Not a Job Offer, Stupid!

5/17/2014 6:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Joel McHale does not picture himself as the new host of "The Late Late Show," although he does picture himself with the guy who will decide who gets the gig.

A big rumor flared up this week after Joel took a pic with CBS Prez Les Moonves and Julie Chen at the Up Fronts in NYC ... and Julie tweeted it.

We got Joel at LAX Friday and he made it clear -- sadly -- it was nothing more than a picture.

Moonves hasn't said he's ruling Joel out, but did point out he just wanted to meet the dude during a party in NYC and took the picture -- nothing more.

Here's the thing.  Joel would be awesome as the host ... just sayin'.

BTW ... Moonves dissed smuggy Neil Patrick Harris, who said earlier this week he had been offered the "Late Late Show" gig but turned it down.  Moonves told a reporter he had a very general conversation with Harris but never offered him the job.  Humble brag backfire, Doogie.

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39 COMMENTS

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1.

BLUE UGLY đź’©    

Joel McFail

106 days ago
2.

Dennie    

Love Joel McHale's sense of humor.

106 days ago
3.

Beast Mode    

Nice hat!

106 days ago
4.

Truth    

LEZ B HONEST... NO ONE WANTS A HOMO FOR A LATE NITE TALK SHOW. HARRIS NEEDS TO TAKE A DEEP SEAT. GO JOIN THE NFL IF U WANNA SIDE SHOW. DOES CBS WANT LOWER RATINGS THAN B4? MOONVES SAW THE LIGHT. AINT GONNA HAPPEN. #TRUTH!!

106 days ago
5.

static    

It wouldn't surprise me if he was being considered for the job even after his colossal flop at the White House correspondents dinner just stack the audience with a bunch of malleable sycophants willing to laugh at anything and you can foist yet more mediocrity upon the masses for years just ask David Letterman.

106 days ago
6.

HRH Prince Michael    

Ah, C.ould've B.een S.ecure.
So close and yet so.....

The Broadcast Television Industry - R.I.P.

The House, ALWAYS wins:
Craigslist.com/NYC/Rant and Rave Section
"The House of David:
The Coming, Week"

106 days ago
7.

Masoncakes    

I love Joel! I have been watching the soup for years! I also think he's pretty damn attractive. Plus he hates the Kardashians so I say yay!

106 days ago
8.

Mr. Mystery    

No Craig, no justice.

106 days ago
9.

zombie    

Neil Patrick Harris is becoming beyond annoying and overexposed. His ego is out of control. He needs to come back down to earth and quit assuming he is the greatest thing since sliced bread. He better pay more attention to his gold digging husband and what that creep is up to.

106 days ago
10.

barnyardhumor    

Joel would be great.

106 days ago
11.

KAB    

adorable/smart/funny guy

106 days ago
12.

Reginaphalange    

Joel is sexy!

106 days ago
13.

New Orleans    

Absolute worst choice for the job, turns people off. Way too dumb!

106 days ago
14.

Eddie    

Joel McHairplugs should be the president of the hair club for men because he's also a client.

106 days ago
15.

hotandcold    

NPH threw major shade at Colbert by claiming he had first dibs on the late night show chair. jeez! What a majorly tacky thing to do! Now Moonves is saying he never offered the d-bag the chair at all. HAHAHA! NPH, you just got busted!!!

106 days ago
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