People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012 is Channing Tatum!

After learning he nabbed the title, the 32-year-old Magic Mike hottie told People:

    "My first thought was, 'Y'all are messing with me.' I told [my wife] Jenna [Dewan-Tatum] after we'd been in the bathtub washing our dogs because they'd gotten skunked. She was like, 'What?' Yeah, she calls me [the Sexiest Man Alive] now."

Tatum, who replaces last year's "Sexiest Man Alive" Bradley Cooper, is ready to add another title to his name ... dad. He adds:

    "I'm ready; I think she's ready. The first number that pops into my head is three, but I just want one to be healthy and then we'll see where we go after that. It's really easy for us guys to say, 'I want, like, 15 kids.' Jenna will be like, 'Well, you better get another wife!'"

The blue-eyed babe beat out the following hunks for the title: Blake Shelton, Ben Affleck, Chris Hemsworth, New Girl star Max Greenfield and Tatum's Magic Mike co-star Matt Bomer.

Good choice, People!