"Way back when, Kris [Jenner] would complain about our jokes, and Ted [Harbert] would literally go, 'Hey man, Kris called, can you just lay off of her for a week?'" McHale, who's back with a similar show on Netflix, said.
"When Ted Harbert [started at E!], he basically said the sky is the limit and do what you want to do", McHale said of the former E! chief.
"It was like our softball went into our yard and they were like, 'Just don't throw it over the fence.' So that was cool and that's as far as it went with him, but when he left, things changed and they definitely had a different feeling".
The Joel McHale show will still make fun of celebrities, but because Netflix caters internationally, the production team is focused on more diverse plotlines. It's like when Letterman made fun of GE in the'80s. "The network really did not like when the Kardashians first came out and then we just said Kim Kardashian was only famous for having a big ass and a sex tape".
On his new show, McHale gets to do just that during a tour of Netflix's production facility that puts him face-to-face with some of the streaming service's current stars. Paige said that Absolution was coming for the Women's Championship, saying, "Absolution [is] here and we are only one week away from the Elimination Chamber". So I don't know. "There is more reality programming on right now than there was television in 2012". "It's not a thing where I'm like, "Finally, I get to say what I want to say about the Kardashians!".
"I'm also a tiny little pilot fish on a huge whale shark that is the Kardashian empire", he added. However, for those wondering if he's similarly restricted from lambasting Netflix shows on "The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale", the series' latest "Stranger Things"-themed promotional video should answer that question. I don't think they've thought about me much".