This summer, Joel McHale jokingly told Adweek that he had "30 good years left" as host of E!'s The Soup. But he didn't even get 30 good weeks: E! announced today that the series, which skewers the week's most ridiculous moments in television and pop culture, will be ending after 22 seasons.
The Soup's final episode will air Friday, Dec. 18, at 10 p.m. with E! continuing to produce new episodes on Fridays until then.
The show, which has aired 3,324 episodes to date, launched in 1991 as Talk Soup and was hosted at the time by Greg Kinnear. Later hosts included John Henson, Hal Sparks and Aisha Tyler before E! ended Talk Soup's run in 2002. The network revived the franchise in 2004 as The Soup with McHale as host.
McHale, also an executive producer of the show, remained at the helm for the next 11 years, even as he filmed six seasons of the NBC (and later Yahoo Screen) comedy Community.
"We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of The Soup," said Jeff Olde, evp of programming and development for E!, in a statement. "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."
In August, McHale told Adweek, "It's once a week, all my friends are doing it, and we have a great time. Why would I leave something that's clearly working?"
Every week, 14 Soup staffers scour TV and the Internet for the most buzzworthy clips.
"These poor people have to watch so much television they're going to shoot themselves in the eye," McHale said at the time. "We try to find clips that nobody else found, or we take a clip that everyone is watching and try to tell a joke that nobody has told yet."