Joel McHale: Where do I start? Thank God Dina Lohan has a show! What a wonderful network we are to give that woman a platform.
TV Guide: Any E! celebrities you're afraid to run into?
McHale: I don't know what I would do if I ran into the Girls Next Door. I would feel like a rancher, wrangling crazy, blonde, orange-skinned creatures. They don't even know what [The Soup] is. They're way too concerned with dressing their dogs up and having photo shoots with them.
TV Guide: Have you ever been threatened by anyone you've joked about?McHale: Not yet. I don't know what would happen if I see Tyra [Banks]. Her bodyguards would probably compound-fracture my femur.
TV Guide: Your thoughts on the popularity of The Hills….
McHale: I can't explain it, other than perhaps it is the dark arts. It is perplexing — they call it a reality show, clearly it is not — it's all planned out and it's poorly acted. I would say to any teenager living in Orange County, no matter how boring you think your life is, you've got a TV show waiting for you.
TV Guide: If you could have dinner with any famous person, who would it be?
McHale: Orson Welles or Brett Michaels…. I can't decide.
TV Guide: What's the real deal between you and Ryan Seacrest?
McHale: We're like the Wonder Twins from the Super Friends — I can form into things made out of water, and he forms into things made out of cash.
TV Guide: You're doing Steven Soderbergh's film The Informant — it sounds kind of serious. What kind of part are you playing?
McHale: It's a dark comedy and I play an FBI agent. It's [based] on a real story about price-fixing in a major American corporation. Now, that doesn't necessarily sound like a hilarious movie, but the guy that Matt Damon plays was such a character. I'm the third lead, [so] I'm obviously very excited. And I didn't have to meet Dina Lohan.
TV Guide: So you don't want to do The Soup forever?
McHale: I can't live forever. If I had some sort of power of immortality I would love to be able to do it into the next millennium. I'm not making any plans to leave. I'm just having a great time.
TV Guide: What show that you mock would you still watch even if you didn't have to?
McHale: Whatever Flavor Flav does, I'm going to follow…because Flavor Flav is doing important work.
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