E!s ‘The Soup’ Ending After Joel McHale’s Current Season Wraps this December

The Soup
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After 22 seasons, E! is ending “The Soup,” the cable network announced Wednesday. The final episode will air on Dec. 18, serving as the series finale.

Hosted by Joel McHale for 12 years, the pop culture comedy series has been a staple on E! for more than two decades.

“We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of ‘The Soup,” said Jeff Olde, exec vice president of programming and development for E! “‘The Soup’ has delivered countless laughs and unforgettable episodes, and we are grateful to the talented team’s fearless wit and clever approach week after week.  Joel took the show to new heights for more than a decade, and his irreverent humor and unique brand of comedy as captured so perfectly on ‘The Soup’ will be missed.”

“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,” McHale says, adding, “Thanks to all who watched, and thanks to Kim Kardashian’s ass for all that it’s done for me and my family.”

Leading up to the Dec. 18 finale, new episodes will continue to air Friday nights, featuring McHale looking back on the series’ most memorable moments from the past 22 years.

Prior to E!’s announcement of the series coming to an end, McHale had signed an extension deal in October 2014, which kept the comedian hosting “The Soup” through 2016. At the time, McHale said, “I’m thrilled to be working at E! for two more years hosting ‘The Soup.” No word from McHale’s reps or the network on why the original plan was cut short.

The 2014 pact also had McHale’s Free Period Productions company continuing development with E! for non-scripted series. This past summer, the “Community” star exec produced the internet and social media-inspired show “The Comment Section” for E!

Debuting as “Talk Soup,” the fan-favorite show premiered in 1991. Before McHale took charge, the series launched the careers of Greg Kinnear, who hosted from 1991-1995, John Henson, Hal Sparks and Aisha Tyler. In 2004, the show was re-launched as “The Soup” with a star-made host in McHale.

“The Soup” was nominated for an Emmy in 2014, recognized in the category for outstanding short-format live-action entertainment program.

The sarcastic comedy show has welcomed a slew of celebrity guests during its lengthy run, including Norman Reedus, Seth Green, Lucy Lawless, Chris Hardwick, RuPaul, Joe Manganiello, Wendy Williams, Jon Cryer, Joe Jonas, Gabourey Sidibe, Larry King, Kelly Ripa, Allison Janney, James Corden, Jane Lynch, Marilyn Manson, Tyra Banks, Martha Stewart, Nene Leaks, Nancy Grace, George Takei, Chevy Chase, Sean Combs, Eminem, Demi Lovato, Katie Lee Gifford, Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Shaquille O’Neal, Carrot Top and the late Joan Rivers. McHale’s “Community” co-stars have also made many appearances.

“The Soup” hails from Wilshire Studios with McHale serving as an exec producer, along with KP Anderson and Ed Boyd.

The final episode of “The Soup” airs Dec. 18 at 10:00 p.m.

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  1. MaryJoe says:

    Loved this show. Was initially disgusted when they fired John Henson. Wow what a mistake. Now they are making the same mistake again with McHale. Not everyone can do this type of show which is something E! seems to forget every time they try to re-vamp their network. This show should be a mainstay not something they can just cancel on a whim. No reason to watch E! anymore.

  2. Craig says:

    Don’t worry everybody. Joel will appear on a better channel because he is THE BEST thing on that channel he is on now. The Soup will live on but hopefully E will not.

  3. Fred Wynn says:

    Im really going to miss this show. It’s the only reason I have to put my TV on E! Good luck to Joel McHale and I look forward to seeing him even more on the big screen.

  4. There’s a fan campaign and petition to get the show reinstated and answers about the cancellation. See @letssavethesoup on Twitter for details.

  5. Leah says:

    you forgot dustin hoffman! this was back in the john henson years, but it was hilarious and i had it on vhs at one point. really gonna miss the show.

  6. Edwin says:

    I knew this day was coming. The soup, Chelsie lately, and fashion police were the only good things about it. The bad signs were the creation of kim’s shows and the beginning of airing movies with the title “movies you love” that was more like “the only one movie we had” in the beginning as E ran Durty Dancing about 50 per week. Babies might not be put in the corner but I sure felt like cutting my wrists after finding out that after dirty dancing, E would rewind their vhs copy of the movie and play it back again. After E got bored of dancing dirty with Patrick, they decided it was a good idea to PUT KIM K AND HER BITCH WASP FACE 24/7. You people complain about it but its your fault she’s there. People keep watching her show(s) and buying her merchandise. THE ONLY SOLUTION IS TO BOYCOTTING KIM K AND E. WE HAVE THE POWER TO BRING E TO ITS KNEES. AS PEOPLE, THE CHOICE IS YOURS…

  7. April DuRoss says:

    Why would they do this? First Jon Stewart leaves the Daily show now this. This was one of the besy shows on tv, and the only watchable show left on E!. The soup was how I found out what was happening on all the stupid shows. Now I just won’t know; it’s not as if I will watch them myself. Worst of all, I will miss McHale. Watching him in shows and movies is great, but not the same.

  8. Mary says:

    This is beyond SAD!!!! The Soup is a constant in our home!! We record it every week so we can enjoy a half hour of laughter and fun! We will never understand why they are canceling the show and we will miss it terribly!! Wishing with all our hearts that another (smarter) network will pick it up, with Joel as the host!! E is making a TERRIBLE mistake!!

  9. Thomas says:

    Sad. The Soup is all that stops me on E! as I scroll through the channels.

  10. E! is officially defunct. Seriously, the soup was the only thing distinguishing between it and a test pattern, though. Now without McHale and Co a test pattern is more entertaining than the ironically named “network” E.

  11. Ed says:

    After Chelsea Lately was gone, the Soup was the only thing worth watching on E!
    Probably need to make room for the new Khardashian spin-off -“Courtney and Kim Paint Their Nails”

  12. rbabich says:

    Cannot believe something happened. Why they cut his contract. Makes no sense. No point in watching E. The one show we would watch religiously each week gets cancelled.

  13. SorryToSeeJoelGo says:

    So Joel and his hilarious show are being canned, but yet the Kartrashians live on. Bye-bye E!. Joel & The Soup were the only reason I watched your channel.

  14. I LOVE THE SOUP. Happy for Joel to move on if he wants, but keep the soup on the air!!

  15. Renee L. says:

    Gotta make room somewhere in E’s schedule for more reruns of the Kardashians! Great move, E!. Were it not for The Royals, I sure wouldn’t be watching your network.

  16. Frank says:

    Why not get someone else to host it like they did with Talk Soup. That worked.

  17. Shepard says:

    Hard to believe that a lazy, stupid, poorly written, poorly produced piece of crap like SOUP is not considered a real gem in the E lineup. The D listers who wander across the stage, generally lost or mugging, are …or were an especially pathetic touch.

  18. Donna Hall says:

    Horrible news….we love this show. Merry Christmas from E! everybody! ugh.

  19. Luz De La Toba says:

    I am very disappointed to see The Soup go. It is one of the only shows that makes me truly laugh. Who is going to make fun of all of these ridiculous shows on all networks? E! will not be the same.

  20. Ken Reynolds says:

    If there’s an apocalypse in the next few years I say we eat the Kardashians first.

  21. Another Poster says:

    The E! network is changing their name to the K! network–All the kardashians, All of the time, 24/7!
    I enjoyed the Soup for years and I will miss it. Good Luck and G-D Bless you Joel McHale. I am sure you will return to TV on a better network in the very near future.

  22. Ken says:

    Too bad. One of the few things on E! worth catching on occasion.

  23. Marc says:

    This is terrible news, love The Soup.

  24. r baker says:

    Gotta clear up some space for another kartrashian spinoff

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