AceShowbiz - E!'s long-running pop culture comedy series "The Soup" is coming to an end after 22 seasons. "Community" star %cJoel McHale% will end his 12-year reign as host of the show on December 18, the series finale.
"We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of 'The Soup'," Jeff Olde, exec vice president of programming and development for E! Said on Wednesday, November 18. " 'The Soup' has delivered countless laughs and unforgettable episodes, and we are grateful to the talented teamís 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."
Before the finale, McHale will host new episodes that look back on the series' most memorable moments from the past 22 years. These episodes will air Fridays at 10 P.M. ET.
"The Soup" debuted in 1999 as "Talk Soup". %cGreg Kinnear% hosted the show and was succeeded by %cJohn Henson%, %cHal Sparks%, and %cAisha Tyler%. The show took a brief break in 2002 and was re-launched as "The Soup" in 2004 with McHale as new host. The comedian's contract was renewed in October 2014 for two more years but it looks like the plan to have it through 2016 is scrapped.
Nominated for an Emmy in 2014, "The Soup" had welcomed celebrity guests such as %cEminem%, %cTyra Banks%, %cDemi Lovato%, %cSeth Green%, %cNorman Reedus%, %cGabourey Sidibe%, %cLarry King%, %cGeorge Takei%, %cShaquille O'Neal% and %cJoe Jonas%.