Since he took over the rebooted version of Talk Soup, Joel McHale made it his own. With The Soup, McHale has been doing the series for nearly twelve years. During that time, he has done movies as well as star for five season on Community, it was only a matter of time before his star rose high enough for him to leave the series.
Finally, McHale is leaving the series in December and with his departure, the series will be ending its run. The series debuted back in 1991 with Greg Kinnear, which he left when his movie career took off. He was followed by people like Hal Sparks and Aisha Tyler.
“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 programming and development Jeff Olde said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, 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.”
McHale’s final show, which will also be the series finale, will air on December 18th. In the weeks leading up to the end, they are expected to reflect on the memorable moments of the series. Not sure if they will venture all the way back to 1991 or simply focus on McHale’s tenure.
“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,” McHale said. “Thanks to all who watched and thanks to Kim Kardashian’s ass for all that it’s done for me and my family.”
With the busy schedule McHale has had since his star received a bolster from the show, he never walked away when his star was rising which usually happens to many hosts. With the departure, this wil leave him open to taking on a new series come pilot season. Next we will be able to see him in the mini-series The X-Files in 2016.