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The Soup 

Hosted by comedian Joel McHale, The Soup deals with the fast-paced parts of the most titillating -- and at times, tasteless -- segments on television.




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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Joel McHale ...  Himself - Host 311 episodes, 2004-2015
Anndi McAfee ...  Announcer / ... 249 episodes, 2007-2015


Hosted by comedian Joel McHale, The Soup deals with the fast-paced parts of the most titillating -- and at times, tasteless -- segments on television. Written by Omar Linguistics

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30 July 2004 (USA) See more »

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Host: For all the latest "American Idol" info, we go to E!'s own Ryan Seacrest. Oh, Ryan?
Ryan Seacrest: Computer, I'd like a chocolate shake... with a whiskey chaser. I said a chocolate shake with a whiskey. Tom, I think the replicator's broken.
Tom McNamara: That's not the replicator, Ryan. That's the live feed to "The Soup."
Ryan Seacrest: Oh. Joel, I'd like a chocolate shake and a whiskey chaser. Tom, I think Joel's broken.
Host: Only on the inside.
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Referenced in Tosh.0: Miss Teen South Carolina (2009) See more »

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"Way to cancel the one good thing you have, E!"
19 February 2016 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

"The Soup" provided a window into the trash-strewn world of television on a weekly basis, guilt-free. That's one of the (many) reasons I tuned in each week. Just the morbid fascination with the awfulness being peddled by major networks on a regular basis. The only way you can watch any reality TV is with someone viciously making fun of it, and Joel McHale was the perfect host. He had just the right balance of snark and likability to make the circus funny.

And I love the running gags; Mankini, Lou the Chihuahua, Whitney Houston's "KISSMYASS!", spaghetti cat, all of them. McHale's doesn't really need pity (he'll do fine), it's the writers and interns you have to feel bad for. They came up with some damn good material, week after week (all the while making their host look good). And you've gotta love a staff that so joyously lampoons their employers.

I give this show immense credit for completely differentiating itself from "Talk Soup" (apples and oranges, really), not to mention all of the knock-offs that came afterword (Web Junk, Web Soup, Tosh.0, yadda yadda yadda). It was something special, and it will indeed be missed.


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