After 458,384,248 Kardashian jokes, 22 seasons, and one spaghetti cat, the unthinkable has happened: The Soup is coming to an end. What began as Talk Soup, with a revolving group of hosts including Greg Kinnear, Hal Sparks, and Aisha Tyler, became simply The Soup in 2004. It was Joel McHale’s breakout role, one that ultimately led him to Community, and the only reason to change the channel to E! But according to the Hollywood Reporter, McHale’s final episode on December 18 will also be the show’s series finale.
“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 of programming and development Jeff Olde said, 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.” (Via)
The Soup never appeared in a best-of list, and I’m not sure I ever added a season pass to my DVR. That’s because part of the show’s charm was randomly finding an episode at 11:30 p.m. and watching McHale mock model train enthusiasts, reality show idiots, and, of course, Ryan Seacrest. There were no arguments about whether The Soup “used to be better” — everyone agreed that it was good, because it was really, really good.
But enough of the mushy stuff. Let’s name our favorite moments. I’ll start.
(Via the Hollywood Reporter)