‘The Soup’ is off! E! and Joel McHale to end comedy show making fun of pop culture

19 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Soup’ ends Dec. 18 on E!.

UPDATE: The Soup host Joel McHale issued the following statement to EW about the end of the show: “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.” The network announced on Wednesday that it was ending the influential clip show that has skewered, ridiculed and otherwise mocked absurd moments in TV and pop culture after a 22-season run. 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.

The various hosts were Greg Kinnear (1991–1995), John Henson (1995–1999), Hal Sparks (1999–2000) and Aisha Tyler (2001–2002). “We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of ‘The Soup,'” said Jeff Olde, executive vice president 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. 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).

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