After 22 seasons spanning the last 12 years, E! has canceled pop-culture clip show The Soup. Thanks to host Joel McHale’s scathing one-liners, a growing cast of regular characters, and a fair share of celebrity guests, The Soup was one of the network’s most popular shows in its heyday. Though the series has retained a devoted fan base, that mass-market popularity waned over the years — potentially even in favor of the very reality shows it skewered.
Still, all good things must come to an end, and McHale managed to become a star in his own right due to his leading role on the cult hit Community and hosting gigs for the 2015 ESPYs, the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and more. In a statement following the series’ cancellation, McHale said that he “loved doing The Soup for all of these years (86 to be exact),” but that he’s looking forward to focusing on his acting career, adding, “Thanks to all who watched and thanks to Kim Kardashian’s ass for all that it’s done for me and my family.” His farewell was fitting, given how often McHale looked to his own network — and even his own show — for material.
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Ahead are some of McHale’s best meta jokes about the media’s breathless coverage of pop culture, The Soup itself, and, of course, the Kardashians.1. When he was realistic about The Soup‘s reach
2. When he was over talking about Taylor Swift and Harry Styles
3. When he was upfront about the budget
4. When he refused to be shamed by his various endorsement deals
5. When he speculated about his importance to the show