Joel McHale hosted his final episode of E!’s The Soup on Friday night and was accompanied by an array of A-listers for the send-off.
The comedic host, who joined the NBCUniversal-owned cable network in 2004, welcomed numerous famous faces — including Haley Joel Osment, Jon Cryer, Dr. Ken‘s Ken Jeong, James Van Der Beek, Nathan Fillion, Larry King, Paul Feig and Wendi McLendon-Covey — to participate in the hourlong program. Throughout the show, the actors and actresses sat in multiple rows pretending to be on telephones and jokingly calling fellow celebrities in an effort for them to take their places on the show.
The swan song revisited the 11 “greatest clips of all times” while also recalling some of the most memorable characters from the past 11 and a half years of the series. In the top 11 moments, McHale threw jabs at past and present E! talent, including Ryan Seacrest, Kim Kardashian West, Kris Jenner, Ryan Lochte and Caitlyn Jenner.
“We have a great relationship with E! If I have mentioned the network, I’m sure it was only in glowing terms,” he said before an array of tongue-in-cheek clips aired of him talking about “popping culture” and throwing sarcasm at the channel.
Counting down to the most memorable clip, McHale revisited a “Rainbow Brite: The Movie” sketch, Spaghetti Cat, “Brokeback Kong” and “One Tree Hill.” The No. 1 moment was from former reality show Being Bobby Brown, which revisited Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston arguing. The clip ended with the late singer saying, “Kiss my ass.”
To wrap the more than decadelong program, McHale expressed his gratitude on camera alongside Soup staffers.
“On behalf of everyone out there, and all of the guests here tonight over there in the chairs, I want to thank you, everyone, for watching The Soup for however long you did and whatever you did. We had a great f—ing time making it; we felt like we were robbing you for the last 11 and a half years,” he said before thanking his “dedicated crew” and “to everyone at E! who we’ve worked with over the years.”
McHale added: “And thanks to our families who have supported us the whole time that we’ve been here. This isn’t the last you’ll see of me or the work of these people on your TV. It’s just the last time you’ll see us here. There’ll be a Botched episode here next week. Don’t worry, it’s a rerun. Thank you on behalf of all of us and I bid you a heartfelt ‘kiss my ass,’ everyone.”
The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported in November that after 11 and a half years of serving up jokes, McHale’s show would end this month. He said in a statement that he now will focus his time on his acting career: “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,” said McHale. “Thanks to all who watched, and thanks to Kim Kardashian’s ass for all that it’s done for me and my family.”
E! exec vp programming and development Jeff Olde said in a statement to THR: “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.” He added, “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.”