Actor and comedian has hosted clip show for 12 years
Joel McHale is ending his run on the E! clip show “The Soup,” TheWrap has learned.
McHale has hosted and produced the show for the past 12 years, while also appearing in films like “Spider Man 2” and “Ted.” He also starred on “Community” for NBC, before the show was picked up by Yahoo for one season.
Greg Kinnear was the original host of the show when it launched as “Talk Soup” in 1991. Hal Sparks and Aisha Tyler also both briefly hosted the show before McHale took over in 2004. His last episode will be on Dec. 18.
McHale is set to appear in an arc on the rebooted version of “The X-Files” on Fox as Tad O’Malley, which is set to premiere on Jan. 24.
“The Soup” has aired 3,324 episodes to date, and recently earned a 2014 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program. McHale scored Best Host in the 2015 Adweek Watch Awards.
New episodes will air Fridays at 10 p.m./9c until McHale signs off for the last time. Fans will have a chance to say goodbye to their favorite characters from the show, including Mankini, Lou the Chihuahua, and the floating talk show heads in the “Chat Stew” graphic.
“We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of ‘The Soup,” Jeff Olde, executive vice president of programming and development for E! said. “‘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.”