‘The Soup’ with Joel McHale to end after 12 years on E!: here go hell come?

The Hollywood Reporter informs us that E!’s The Soup, hosted by the venerable Joel McHale since 2004 and originally called Talk Soup in it’s first iteration, way back in 1991(!) with host Greg Kinnear, will air its final episode this December 18th. (If you’re doing the math at home, the show had a two year hiatus, from 2002-2004, so it technically aired for 22 years.) This just makes me want to watch every episode of The Soup I can get my hands on in that time. You always think you have enough Joel McHale to go around, until you realize he’s not going to be there as scheduled every week. *rewatches Community from the beginning*


After 12 years, Joel McHale is bidding farewell to The Soup.

The news comes after a lengthy run, during which the affable actor-comedian has balanced the E! series with a busy schedule that’s included film work and several seasons on Community. In recent years, he’s also hosted both the ESPYs and the White House Correspondents Dinner, raising his profile along with questions about his future with the cable clip show.

McHale’s final show, which will also mark the series’ last, will air Dec. 18. In the weeks leading up to it, the host is expected to reflect on the franchise’s most memorable moments. E!’s prior iteration, Talk Soup, premiered in 1991 with Greg Kinnear as its then frontman. Other emcees followed, including Hal Sparks in the late ’90s and Aisha Tyler in the early aughts, before McHale took over a rebooted version in 2004.

“We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of The Soup. [The show] has delivered countless laughs and unforgettable episodes, and we are grateful to the talented team’s fearless wit and clever approach week after week,” E!’s exec vp programming and development Jeff Olde said in a statement Wednesday, adding of its host: “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.”

To be sure, The Soup has long had a complicated relationship with its host network, which often serves as the butt of its jokes. (Hello, Kardashians.) Though never a Keeping Up with the Kardashians-sized juggernaut, the KP Anderson-run clip show has long generated enviable buzz and proved largely consistent, even as it bounced around the schedule…

“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,” McHale said. “Thanks to all who watched and thanks to Kim Kardashian’s ass for all that it’s done for me and my family.”

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

This makes me wonder if the show is ending for business purposes, like it wasn’t making enough much ad money to justify the cost, or if McHale wanted out finally. I saw a show on Hulu called A Day in The Life with Joel McHale (they have episodes with other celebrities too) and he just seemed so busy. Joel has The X-Files coming out too! That premieres on January 24th and I cannot wait.

I used to watch The Soup, but something weird happened where my DVR was taping every single airing instead of just the new episodes and I stopped. (Blame Comcast.) Plus, as lame as this is to say, it started to feel like work to watch it. They would make awesome pithy jokes to stories I’d covered and I’d feel inadequate, like I should have come up with that. Some of their ongoing jokes fell flat for me, like mankini, but overall it was a great show that found real gems on television, particularly some of the most bizarre reality shows, and came up with clever memes. They weren’t afraid to be obnoxious and edgy or to call out the Kardashians and I appreciated that. I shouldn’t talk about The Soup like it’s dead already, we have a few weeks left! I’m not going to pour one out for The Soup yet, I’m going to pour that into a glass on Friday night and laugh my ass off. I’ve taken it for granted for too long.

At least this move opens Joel up for a Community movie. I haven’t heard anything, but I will gladly spread that rumor.

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  1. mia girl says:


    • Sea Dragon says:

      Ha! You stole my line! I love me some Soup. It’s often in my youtube feed. I love Joel. I wish they’d find someone else to take over but who? Who else has the wit, charm, chutzpah and desire to compete with the current high bar? Bueller? …Bueller?

    • LadyMTL says:

      I’m so sad to hear this. I really enjoy The Soup, it’s one of the only shows I watch on E…the Reality Show Clip Time and Tales from Home Shopping segments usually have me rolling.

      One month left, sigh.

    • MC2 says:

      That what I yelled when I saw this news. NOOOOOOOOO! Why take one of the only things I love on TV. It’s why I love Friday nights, what I watch in the tub while (maybe) shaving. What the hell?! Why, why are they taking my sunshine away?!
      And my horrible week continues with this horrible news……I can’t believe I’m so sad but I feel like I was just told my dog would be dead in three weeks.

    • Heather says:

      i agree its the only thing worth watching on that channel

  2. Brittney B. says:

    Hahaha, I love you for the headline. Joel would approve.

    I don’t even want to process this information, though… end of an era for sure.

  3. Jenns says:

    Spaghetti cat has got to make a final appearance.

  4. Aussie girl says:

    I haven’t had pay in a while, with the introduction to Netflix ( to oz ), and been able to watch so much on line. But I used to love me some soup and Joel is a tall good looking man to me.. Different strokes for different folks, can’t change my palette.

  5. Mia4s says:

    Joel!!! That is all. 😉

    Seriously though that’s a great run, whatever the reason to end it. Plus I am beyond excited for X Files.

  6. NewWester says:

    Ten bucks says there will be another spinoff of that show featuring the family who shall not be named( hint: first initial K)
    Demon Mother wants to expand her influence

  7. SamiHami says:

    Even though I haven’t watched in a long time, I hate to see it go. I loved the Kinnear years, Jon Henson (skunk boy), Aisha Tyler and McHale. Don’t remember Sparks at all.

    • I Choose Me says:

      I love Mc Hale but the best host was Jon Henson. His line delivery and facial expressions were killer.

    • jugstorecowboy says:

      This is making me feel old, but I also loved Greg Kinnear and was pleasantly surprised by Jon Henson. I loved that dude so much!! Haven’t watched since then…

  8. tracking says:

    It had a good run.

  9. K says:

    Sad such a great show. I love Joel so hope all the best for him he really is great.

  10. lucy2 says:

    Long live Spaghetti Cat.
    CB, I had the exact same problem with my Comcast DVR, couldn’t fix it, and ended up dropping the show. I tried to remember and catch it on demand, but after a while just didn’t. It was always so funny though, I wish I’d kept up. Looking forward to catching the final episode, it will be epic.

    • Celebitchy says:

      Right?! Their DVR has terrible usability compared to Direct TV and other companies. And Comcast is such a money grab. I got the highest level Internet but apparently there’s now faster service that they’re trying to get me to pay more for, and they just raised my bill anyway because I was on a “trial.” I wish I could switch from Comcast but I can’t drop cable because I need it for my job and I live in the middle of nowhere and can’t get better Internet here.

      • lucy2 says:

        Whenever they raise your bill, call and complain and tell them you’ll need to switch companies if they can’t give you a better deal. They’ll tell you a trial or a promotion ended, and you say you need a new one or you can’t remain a customer.
        And call during regular business hours, not the evenings, you will have better results. If the person gives you a hard time, hang up and try again.

      • Celebitchy says:

        Thanks Lucy I will do that. I’ve hung up on people there before, they train them to upsell and lie to you.

    • Wellsie says:

      I had the same problem with The Soup and a Bell DVR in Canada. Odd.

  11. Bridget says:


    Though I’ve noticed that the content has seemed weak these last few years. Not The Soup folks or McHale, but the clips themselves. As reality TV got more canned and formulaic, it wasn’t as fun to feature, and there are so few real talk shows anymore.

  12. Mrs. Darcy says:

    I left America right around the time The Soup began (but oh yes I am old enough to remember Kinnear!) so weirdly I mainly know Joel from Community, which I love (still have to watch last season (and a movie?! ;-0). I wish they would put it on Amazon or Netflix.

    • 5minutes says:

      I had this problem last year living abroad – maybe you’re already familiar, but just in case – if you search for ‘international VPN’ there are a few websites that will help you set one up & you can watch US-based online shows from Hulu and broadcasters’ websites while abroad.

  13. Gabrielle says:

    Noo!!!!! This is one of the best shows ever!!

  14. Sayrah says:

    Awwww! I used to dvr it too but kind of stopped watching in the last few years. It will be fun to see hal Sparks make an appearance.

  15. Heat says:

    This is a big bummer. I really enjoyed that show for many many years. Now, the only reason I ever tuned in to E! will be gone.
    I used to like watching E! True Hollywood Story a long time ago, but they got rid of that too.

    • Guest says:

      E! used to have so many great shows … The True Hollywood Story was my favourite only after the E! Investigates series. What a shame they’ve turned into such a boring channel now. Their only similar thing – Beyond Candid – was a big flop in my book.

    • MC2 says:

      Yes- E! True Hollywood was awesome! I’d totally forgotten about that show…..

  16. MonicaQ says:

    Can I tin-foil hat say the Kardashians got him cancelled because he ragged on them too much?

    • lucy2 says:

      My hat matches yours!
      Joel has spoken several times about how the network didn’t like their show making fun of the Kardashians. Between the “mother” and Ryan Seacrest, I can imagine there being a little pressure not to renew the show.

  17. Dragonlady sakura says:

    (Screams) No! What will become of spaghetti cat and Mankini? I’m crushed now.

  18. Liz says:

    I’m guessing he’s getting far more offers for film or stand up gigs and needs a more flexible schedule then hosting the show allows.

  19. nemo says:

    E should be renamed and rebranded: K!
    I’m sure PMK had something to do with this.

  20. iheartgossip says:

    Welp. Nothing left to watch on E! Good. I can delete it from my t.v.

  21. MC2 says:

    I would just like to tip my hat to CB for putting on the clip “Best Soup Joke Ever”….because it was. Kuddos…..

  22. me says:

    That’s meaty !

    Anyways, Joel seemed as if he hated being on E anyways (just like Chelsea Handler). I think Joel will get a gig on another network. E is just slipping all together. There are no good shows on that network. The few shows that are decent don’t get any pr. The ones that suck (KUWTK) get all the press. It’s just stupid.

  23. Mitchie says:

    I just heard it was actually cancelled. I blame Seacrest!! I swear he’s the antichrist.