Comedian Joel McHale will serve as the host of ESPN’s 2015 ESPYS sports awards show, the network announced Friday.
McHale, who starred in Community and hosts E!’s The Soup, will host the event, which recognizes major sports achievements of the year. McHale previously hosted last year’s White house Correspondents Dinner.
“Joel is an extremely talented performer, a unique voice and a huge sports fan,” said Connor Schell, senior vice president, ESPN Films and Original Content in a statement. “His experience as a comedian and love of sports make Joel the perfect host for The ESPYS inaugural broadcast on ABC.”
ESPN is moving the ESPYS to ABC for the first time after airing on the sports network since its inception in 1993.
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