Chelsea Handler Netflix Deal Includes Stand Up Special & On-Demand Talk Show
Chelsea Handler has teamed up with Netflix to create an on-demand talk show in which she’ll showcase her signature brand of crude humor and interview celebrity guests as she did on E!’s Chelsea Lately.
Chelsea Handler Teams Up With Netflix
In addition to the talk show, which is expected to debut on the online network sometime in 2016, Netflix will also host a live stand up comedy special and a quartet of docu-comedy specials. The stand up special, which will be taped at Handler’s Uganda Be Kidding Me Live tour stop in Chicago on Friday, will hit Netflix Oct. 10. The docu-comedies will air throughout 2015.
Handler announced that she’d be stepping away from Chelsea Lately last month, leaving her available for other opportunities. At the time, it was rumored that she might be considering taking up a late night post previously occupied by another comedian. Handler promptly dismissed those claims on Twitter.
I have never had nor will have any desire to take a job someone else has already had. Speculation to the contrary is inaccurate. Godspeed
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) April 16, 2014
According to Handler, Netflix promises to provide a level of ingenuity that has managed to keep her interested in the business.
“If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested,” Handler said in a press release. “I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move.”
Handler added, “I’m more excited than I’ve been in awhile, and the team at Netflix is the most forward thinking, alert group I’ve sat down with in ages. No offense to the Shahs Of Sunset.”
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos seems to believe that Handler is the perfect person to usher in the new form of content for the Internet TV Network.
“The Internet has disrupted many of the conventions of traditional television and together with Chelsea Handler, Netflix is looking forward to reimagining the late night talk show for the on-demand generation, starting with the late night part,” Sarandos said. “Chelsea has built a huge following on tour, on nightly TV and through her best-selling books, and we can’t wait to introduce her breathtakingly honest and irreverent voice to our global membership.”
Handler's last episode of Chelsea Lately will air Tuesday, Aug. 26.