Chelsea Handler To Host First Ever Netflix Talk Show
Chelsea Handler is back in business.
Nearly three months after announcing that she will be ending her late night talk show Chelsea Lately on E!, Handler is preparing for her next major career move - a joint project with Netflix.
According to USA Today, the late night comedian signed a deal with Netflix that entails a standup special, four docu-comedy specials, and an original on-demand talk show. (Yup, a late night talk show on Netflix. *Kanye shrugs*)
After a seven-year run, Handler revealed to Howard Stern in March that she was "unhappy" at E! and would like to collaborate with Netflix. The streaming service announced in a press release this morning (June 19) that “the new talk show will feature an updated format that still encompasses Chelsea’s unfiltered opinion."
While Handler's late night Netflix bid is set to debut in 2016, she will begin taping her standup special Uganda Be Kidding Me, which shares the title of her recent book. The filming for the special will begin tomorrow in Chicago and premiere on Netflix October 10. Handler's follow-up project, set to debut next year, will be a docu-comedy series that follows her on a journey to understand a wide range of topics from NASCAR to politics.
"I’m more excited than I’ve been in awhile," Handler said about the opportunity, "and the team at Netflix is the most forward thinking, alert group I’ve sat down with in ages."