Joel McHale Says He’s Not Interested in CBS’s ‘Late Late Show’ Gig (Video)

E!’s “The Soup” host addresses reports he’s replacing Craig Ferguson

Last Updated: July 16, 2014 @ 4:24 PM

Joel McHale isn’t interested in Craig Ferguson‘s job at CBS’s “Late Late Show” — if you believe what he had to say on TBS’s “Conan” on Friday.

O’Brien asked the “Community” actor and E!’s “The Soup” host if he’s interested in the job.

“[Expletive] no, who would do that?” grinning at O’Brien. “I mean that is so much work, right?”

See video: Norm MacDonald Auditions for Craig Ferguson’s ‘Late Late Show’ Job on ‘Conan’

He later continued, “No, I’m funny about once a week. And, hey, I’m on the E! Network, where can I go higher from there?”

McHale also addressed a photo he took with CBS CEO Les Moonves and his wife, “The Talk’s” Julie Chen, which got tongues wagging.

“It was a [expletive] picture!” McHale told O’Brien. “She tweeted it and then I retweeted it and the entertainment business assumed, ‘Well, that’s a contract.'”

See video: Craig Ferguson Announces His ‘Late Late Show’ Exit

In April, Ferguson announced his impending departure from CBS’s 12:35 p.m. talk show. Soon after, McHale found his name floated in the media as a possible replacement for Ferguson, alongside Aisha Tyler and Chris Hardwick, among others.

Watch the video above and decide for yourself how sincere McHale was being about the late night gig.