E! cancels The Soup, Joel McHale to host final show on Dec. 18

19 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Soup’ ends Dec. 18 on E!.

The 22-year-old weekly comedy show that skewers pop culture, reality TV and all things Kardashian is winding down. E! announced on Wednesday that “The Soup,” the weekly Friday night survey of batty reality-show clips and other TV eccentricities, will end on Dec. 18.

“We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of The Soup,” said Jeff Olde, EVP of Programming & 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.They at least had the good sense to realise that *no one* else could host the show even half as well as he, so the network bigwigs are canning the entire thing come December. The series, which has been hosted by Joel McHale for the past 12 years, will end its run Dec. 18. “The Soup” premiered in 1991 as “Talk Soup and launched the careers of hosts Greg Kinnear (1991–1995), John Henson (1995–1999), Hal Sparks (1999–2000) and Aisha Tyler (2001–2002). Joel McHale, who hosted the show for 12 years, “will once again deliver the laughs as he hangs up his signature skinny tie for the last time,” the network said in a release.

Joel McHale will end his 12-year tenure as host — one in which he reinvigorated the franchise with his withering one-liners, which were directed even at the network’s other stars (see: the Kardashians) — on Dec. 18. 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.” McHale, who signed a deal with E! last year, to host The Soup through 2016, has seen his star has risen over the years: He has been a key cast member of Community and has emerged as a go-to host in Hollywood and beyond (ESPYs, the Spirit Awards, White House Correspondents’ Dinner). McHale stayed on even as the hosting job led to work in film and on television, most notably as the star of the sitcom “Community,” which ran on NBC and Yahoo.

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