The E! Network Is Cancelling ‘The Soup’ as McHale Goes 'X-Files'

The show comes to an end after 22 years and five hosts.


E! Entertainment Television is cancelling The Soup.

Jeff Olde, EVP of Programming and Development for E! announced Wednesday that the comedy series would wrap on December 18, ending its 22 year run. “We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of The Soup,” says Olde, “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.”

Entertainment Weekly quoted current Soup host Joel McHale as saying, “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. Thanks to all who watched and thanks to Kim Kardashian’s ass for all that it’s done for me and my family.”

The program was originally called Talk Soup, and was first hosted by Greg Kinnear from its original launch in 1991 to 1995, and was followed by John Henson (1995-1999), Hal Sparks (1999-2000) and Aisha Tyler (2001-2002). McHale joined in 2004 as the show for its relaunch as The Soup.

New episodes are scheduled to air Fridays at 10 p.m. EST, until the Dec. 18 finale.

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