The E! network has announced that the current season of its long running comedy series The Soup will be its last.
The series, which will air its final episode on Friday, December 18, 2015, rips apart the stupidest moments of television and has been a big success for E! since it launched as Talk Soup in 1991. The series left the air in 2002, before returning with the redesigned version simply titled The Soup in 2004.
The Soup has rotated through a few hosts over the years, starting with Greg Kinnear from 1991-1995, John Henson (1995-1999), Hal Sparks (1999-2000) and Aisha Tyler (2001-2002) followed by the show’s first cancellation in 2002. Joel McHale has served as host in every season since the show returned in 2004, during which time he’s achieved considerable success and public recognition.
“We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of The Soup,” said Jeff Olde, the Executive Vice President of Programming & Development for the E! network. “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.”
A press release announcing the cancellation celebrated its extensive history and noted the following:
“Over its 22-year history, Talk Soup and The Soup have welcomed some of the most celebrated actors and singers as well as some incredibly desperate X-listers to stand in front of its jolly green screen and poke fun at the most ridiculous moments in television. Stars and “stars” that have stopped by include Norman Reedus, Yvette Nicole Brown, Patrick Warburton, Alison Brie, Seth Green, Lucy Lawless, Chris Hardwick, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, RuPaul, Steven Yeun, Joe Manganiello, Wendy Williams, Simon Pegg, Jon Cryer, Joe Jonas, Kal Penn, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Adam Scott, Aaron Paul, Gabourey Sidibe, Larry King, Kelly Ripa, Allison Janney, Adam DeVine, Johnny Weir, Danny Trejo, Jeff Probst, James Corden, Adam Pally, Jane Lynch, Marilyn Manson, Jon Heder, Tyra Banks, Martha Stewart, Nene Leaks, Nancy Grace, Zachary Quinto, George Takei, Chevy Chase, Sean Combs, Evan Rachel Wood, Eminem, Demi Lovato, Sarah Hyland, Jake Pavelka, Katey Sagal, Mayim Bialik, Katie Lee Gifford, Ana Gasteyer, Tyrese Gibson, Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Kylie Minogue, Kristin Davis, Shaquille O’Neal, Joan Rivers, Jack Black, Eli Roth, Busy Philipps, Jaime Pressly, Lea DeLaria, WWE Superstar The Miz … and Carrot Top.”