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Satirical pop culture TV clip commentary show, The Soup, has reached the end of its run. After 11 years with host Joel McHale, the show’s final episode will air on December 18.
Previously known as Talk Soup, the original incarnation, which aired from 1991-2002, featured hosts such as Greg Kinnear and Hal Sparks. McHale’s biting brand of sarcasm landed him the host gig in 2004.
Known for its regular features like “Chat Stew” and “Clip of the Week,” The Soup delved into the most hilarious moments from reality TV, talk shows, celebrity news, commercials, news broadcasts, and YouTube videos, among others.
At the beginning of 2013, The Soup updated its graphics and underwent a logo change. It also reached its 500th episode milestone in August of 2013, when it was broadcast live for the first time.
About a year later, in June 2014, the show began airing live episodes every week after the 500th episode garnered its highest ratings of the year. That same year, The Soup was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program category.
At the end of 2014, an extension deal had been signed between Joel and E! through 2016. No explanation has been given by the network as to why the deal has been effectively cancelled.
However, in June of this year, it was announced that McHale would have a reoccurring role in the new X-Files reboot. While billed as a limited six episode series, it’s possible that the show will expand into a full season.
In a series of tweets released after the announcement yesterday, Joel joked, “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. Our elaborate plan to generate press for @TheSoup during sweeps/holidays is working. Thx to all of u who watched. Ur the best.”
The final episode of The Soup airs December 18.