“The Soup” celebrates 500th episode with live broadcasts

The Soup on E! reaches a milestone with its 500th episode, and to celebrate, host Joel McHale — who has been on the show nearly a decade — will headline two live episodes tonight, Aug. 21.

The two live episodes will air at 10pm ET, and 10pm PT, respectively. Each episode will feature different celebrity guests, including Adam Carolla, Lou Diamond Philips and B.J. Novak, as well as other surprises. Episodes will also be streamed online at eonline.com and TheSoupTV.com. These two episodes mark the first time that The Soup has ever aired live.

According to Suzanne Kolb, president of E!: “The Soup is a leading voice in pop culture commentary with viewers counting on Joel to fill them in on the best of the worst in entertainment each week in a really funny way. We’re thrilled to celebrate this milestone event with the show’s first ever live episodes, giving fans on both coasts a unique experience and completely unfiltered look inside their beloved show.”

Joel McHale quipped, “I’m very excited to perform The Soup live. No television show has ever been broadcast this way before. We’re very excited to be at the forefront of this incredible technology.”

The Soup has aired on E! and been hosted by Joel McHale since July 2004. It is a revamped version of Talk Soup, which itself ran for 11 years from 1991-2002, under various hosts.

The Soup 500th episode live broadcasts air Aug. 21 at 10pm ET and 10pm PT on E!.