Pull out your tissues because it's the end of an era at E! The network, known for its focus on celebrity gossip and reality shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians and the plastic-surgery-gone-awry series Botched, has pulled the plug on its long-running clip show The Soup, which has been hosted by actor and comedian Joel McHale since 2004. Although the news is rather sad, it's maybe not too surprising given that McHale has seen his star rise throughout his 12 years as host. During that time, he's guest-starred on a number of TV shows, led Community to six seasons (but no movie yet), and will appear on the upcoming reboot of The X-Files. He's a busy man. It's a wonder The Soup lasted as long as it did with McHale at the helm.
But hey, it's not over yet! The series' final episode will air December 18 and McHale is expected to spend some time reflecting on the show's most memorable moments in the lead up to the finale. But if you don't want to wait, you can watch some of them on YouTube. I must warn you, though: you should know that is a deep, dark hole filled with truly awful reality shows and truly hilarious jokes and you may never actually escape it.
The Soup has a long history at E! The first incarnation was called Talk Soup and it premiered in 1991 with Greg Kinnear as its host. It went through a number of hosts after that, including Hal Sparks, who emceed the series in the late 1990s before Aisha Tyler took over in the early aughts. The series was then rebooted and renamed when McHale took over the reins in 2004. Under his leadership, the series has skewered the worst of popular culture, which translates to most everything that E! stands for or is known for, e.g., those damn Kardashians. It's always felt a bit out of place on the network in that regard, but dammit if we didn't love it and won't miss it when it's gone.
Will you miss The Soup? What are some of your favorite jokes and segments?