Joel McHale’s ‘The Soup’ to air final episode on December 18
It had been a good 11 years for Joel McHale’s “The Soup.” But like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And for the show, that means right after the current season.
E! has just announced that the Joel McHale-hosted “The Soup” had been cancelled and will no longer air new episodes after the final episode of the current season, which will air on Dec. 18. The show, which was originally called “Talk Soup,” had been on air since 1991. It used to be hosted by Greg Kinnear then John Henson then Hal Sparks then Aisha Tyler before going off air in 2002. It re-emerged in 2004, with Joel McHale as the host. He’d been the host ever since.
Mostly a parody series, “The Soup” takes a stab and mocks almost anything and everything pop culture. The 43-year old host sunk perfectly into the show’s format as his witty one-liners fit right in it. He did not spare anyone, even the celebrities from the same network (like the Kardashians).
Jeff Olde, EVP of Programming & Development for the network, issued a statement saying how proud E! is of the show’s “long-running success.” He thanked the fans and the production team’s “fearless it and clever approach.” Then he applauded McHale for taking the show to “new heights,” mentioning specifically the host’s own brand of comedy.
“The Soup” had indeed been a game-changer, even being nominated for an Emmy in 2014. It earned the nod for the the category Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program in the primetime slot.
Even with the end of the show, McHale is not wanting for projects. He had recently launched his acting career (he was one of the leads in the now-cancelled NBC show “Community”) and he is said to be focusing on that post-“The Soup.”
He tells Entertainment Weekly, “I loved doing ‘The Soup’ for all of these years (86 to be exact) but am excited to solely focus on my acting career now. Thanks to all who watched and thanks to Kim Kardashian’s ass for all that it’s done for me and my family.”
Watch the last few episodes of “The Soup” as they air on E! every Friday, 10 p.m.
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