Joel McHale's new Netflix series The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale is just a few extra Kardashian jokes short of being fairly identical to his former E! show, The Soup. Many popular segments and comedic bits from The Soup have continued on in the new series in certain ways, including McHale's faux disdain for Today's Kathie Lee Gifford, and the host wasted no time in reviving his grudge against Gifford and co-host Hoda Kotb when his new series premiered. It didn't take long for the morning show duo to respond, either. Here's the latest:
If Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were trying to get Joel McHale to lay off Today's web host Donna Farizan with that segment, they probably failed. Things were going well for Donnadorable in the early half of the segment, and then for whatever reason, Gifford started saying some goofy stuff that The Joel McHale Show is definitely going to have a field day with. For example, what was that whole part about Gifford putting ol' Donnadorable in her place when she mentioned wanting to go on Joel McHale's show? It sounded like an "I made you" discussion of power that people usually have behind closed doors, and while that's probably not what Gifford was gunning for during her banter, McHale will probably run with it all the same.
Unfortunately for Donna Farizan, she has found herself in the crossfire of what's been a long and playful feud between Joel McHale and Today's Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb. The one-upping rivalry is an odd one, as Today's hosts maintain they loved The Soup and currently love The Joel McHale Show, yet McHale has never really seemed genuine when saying he enjoys Today, and his constant riffs on it don't suggest anything otherwise. That doesn't seem to bother Gifford or Kotb much, since they have frequently invited McHale to their show to do his teasing in person, which he's taken full advantage of over the years.
Fortunately, it looks like Joel McHale's feud with Kathie Lee Gifford won't negatively impact Donnadorable's career. In fact, McHale namedropping the young host and her celebrity-snubbed YouTube show has only boosted Donnadorable's profile, as the segment poking fun at her is far and away the most viewed video in the Off-Air With Donnadorable playlist. Perhaps Today should consider letting the young host make an appearance on The Joel McHale Show in the near future to help propel her online popularity even further! If nothing else, perhaps she get a hold of the upcoming guest list for McHale's show, so that she won't have to worry about Today's guests potentially canceling on her!
The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale is now streaming on Netflix, with new episodes being uploaded every Sunday. The Today show airs on NBC every weekday morning at 7:00 a.m. ET. For a look at other Netflix shows worth checking out, visit CinemaBlend's Netflix premiere guide. For more on new television in general in 2018, visit our midseason premiere guide.
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