Joel McHale Is Flattered You Think He’s Gay

Soup host and Community star Joel McHale isn’t a homosexual (he has been married to Sarah Williams since 1996), but a lot of people still assume that he is. That’s okay. It’s even “flattering,” says McHale.

The 41-year-old actor, comic, and father of two has a pretty strong following in the gay community, and a recent interview shows that McHale has nothing but respect for his homosexual fan base.

“I always find it really weird when guys flip out over someone thinking they might be gay. If a guy gets offended by that, there’s something’s wrong with him,” McHale told The Advocate. “I take it as a compliment.”

Though he’s not gay, McHale does have a few “man-crushes.” He joked in the interview that he has eyes for NBC anchor Brian Williams, Kobe Bryant and Chaz Bono.

McHale also admitted that he was hit on frequently by other men when he was first starting out in Hollywood.

“Much like in Say Anything, guys usually stand outside my house with a boom box over their head blasting the Indigo Girls,” he joked. “Actually, guys sometimes will tweet me, ‘I’m in L.A. Staying at such-and-such hotel. What do you think?’ Of course, it all depends on the quality of the hotel.”

Breaking semi-serious for a moment, he recalled a time early in his career when he accidentally wandered into a gay bar and was subsequently swarmed by men.

“Back when I had just moved to L.A., before I was on any show, I was meeting a friend at a bar connected to this restaurant we went to. When I got there, I was the only one in the bar. While I was messing with my phone, I didn’t notice the whole bar fill up with men. Guys kept coming up, asking, ‘What’s going on, man?’ I figured they’d seen the commercials I was in. Then I realized that these men were coming on to me because I was alone in a gay bar.”

Wrapping up, McHale said that he was extremely thankful for gay fans of his struggling show Community.

Community needs all the help it can get, so thank God for our gay fans. Our young gay fans especially are the loudest and most Internet-savvy,” he gushes. “That also speaks to the quality of our show, which I think is highly intelligent.”

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