Your favorite show that makes fun of other shows, The Soup, has been cancelled after a 22-year run, the last twelve of which were hosted by Joel McHale. According to Variety, Jeff Olde, exec vice president of programming and development for E! had this to say: “We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of The Soup. 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.” So why did you cancel it, Jeff? Huh?
Originally called Talk Soup, the show premiered in 1991 with host Greg Kinnear, and focused solely on talk shows. It was later hosted by John Henson, then Hal Sparks, then Aisha Tyler, before taking a two year break, revamping its format, and returning as The Soup in 2004 with McHale as the host.
Let me just state my completely unbiased opinion here: The Soup was a very important show. Without it, I wouldn’t even know who Wendy Williams is. Without it, I have no way to see what hijinks Greg Kelly is up to (some of us don’t live in NYC). Without it, Mankini is probably out of a job. OK, fine, I won’t exactly miss him. Join me for an In Memorium reel of sorts, my personal favorite moments from The Soup:
"Here Go Hell Come"
This is how I felt when my editor told me The Soup was cancelled.
"Donka Doo Ball"
This is how drunk I'm going to get tonight, because I am sad.
Me Right Now
And probably for the next few days.
"Paul love it! Paul love it!" Alycia, I'm sorry about Paul and Dominique stepping out on you, but this clip inspired me to create my own chicken Tettrazini recipe, which was a family staple for yurrs to come.
Alexis Neiers Calls Nancy Jo
Nancy Jo, this is Jenn Rose. I'm calling to let you know that I'm really disappointed with the way that E! cancelled The Soup.
'Naked and Afraid'
Is how I feel, emotionally, at this moment.
The Best Morning Anchor Who Ever Lived
I will never, ever have the Hanukkah fever again. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Science.
What will fill the glory hole in my heart now?
Why, E!? Why must you hurt me?
The Triangle Bush
#TBT that time that the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse taught us all about self-love. I'll never love anything again.
That's nice, Oprah. My soul is painin'. Why don't you pick up The Soup on OWN?
Nothing else to do on Friday nights anymore, am I right?
"Shawn Says Accessorize"
I am literally going to drive my car off a cliff with Joel McHale by my side, Thelma and Louise style.
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