It’s official, one of the funniest and smartest shows on E!, The Soup, has been cancelled.
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The network announced today that the weekly clip show, that has been one of its steadfast shows for years and openly mocked many moments in popular culture, will end after its 22-season run. The host for the last 12 years, Joel McHale, who openly disliked much of the content on the channel, is said to be upset but proud of the work that they have done. He will host the show's final episode on December 18, 2015.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the show started all the way back in 1991 under the name "Talk Soup with host Greg Kinnear." Since then, there has been a line up of hosts including John Henson, Hal Sparks, and Aisha Tyler. It left the air in 2002 and re-emerged in 2004 with McHale at the helm and the new name The Soup.
“We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of The Soup,” said E! EVP of Programming & Development Jeff Olde in a statement Wednesday. “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.”
From now until the end, new episodes will air on Fridays at 10 p.m. ET, until the finale on December 18. These installments will visit some of the most prolific segments in the show's varied history.
McHale still has a lot to look forward to. He was a principle cast member on Community and he is one of the go to hosts in Hollywood. He also as a guest spot on Fox's reboot of The X-files. He was signed with E! through Spring 2016, so there is no saying whether or not he will develop a new show.
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One thing is for sure, on a network that pushes the Kardashians, something this intelligent will be missed by all.