Insiders: Chelsea Handler Leaving E! When Contract Expires

Insiders: Chelsea Handler Leaving E! When Contract Expires

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The “Chelsea Lately” host and producer is expected to exit the network, effectively ending the late night show

Rumblings that Chelsea Handler is unhappy with her relationship with E! came to a head on Sunday.

Handler's publicist Slate PR's Stephen Huvane, her manager Irving Azoff and others close to Handler told TheWrap that she's going to leave the network when her contract expires at the end of 2014.

“Chelsea wants to leave and she's going to go,” Azoff told TheWrap. As to the reason why she's leaving, Azoff quipped, “She's a girl.”

One insider told TheWrap that Handler isn't happy with E!'s programming and doesn't believe that it's helping her show's ratings.

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Though E! owns the “Chelsea Lately” show and format, she'll be shopping new ideas to another network or digital service, but her next iteration of the project will likely be a weekly not daily show.

Recently, Handler told Howard Stern that she is eyeing Netflix as the show's next home.

“They don't know what they're doing [at E!]. They have no ideas. It's a failure,” she told SiriusXM's Stern earlier this month.

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She went on to say that Netflix would be the ideal situation as it will allow people to watch her show whenever they want.

“Chelsea has nine months left on her contract and E! will not comment on the future of ‘Chelsea Lately’ at this time,” an E! representative told TheWrap.

Produced by Handler's production company Borderline Amazing, “Chelsea Lately” debuted on July 16, 2007. The series has been losing viewers steadily over the years. In 2011, “Chelsea Lately” averaged 960,000 viewers per episode. By the end of 2013, it had fallen to 571,000 viewers.

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Handler, who also produces E!'s weekly late night talk show from Ross Mathews, has several projects in the works. She's currently developing a pilot for FX created by and starring “Chelsea Lately” writer Jen Kirkman.

Earlier this month, Handler's fifth book, “Uganda Be Kidding Me,” was released.

CAA, Azoff and attorney Craig Jacobson represent Handler.

  • penahs

    Does anyone really care?

  • Janell Morris Cooper

    Great — Can't stand her — obnoxious !

  • Patricia

    Meh, not a fan of hers. When ratings fall, must be the net's fault, eh?

  • Rosa

    Good riddance.

  • efghij

    She is not funny. How does she have the rep as being funny?

    So many undeserving untalented people clogging up the airwaves now. It's depressing. Who can wade through all the caca to find something to watch anymore.

  • j7apple

    The series has been losing viewers steadily over the years. In 2011, “Chelsea Lately” averaged 960,000 viewers per episode. By the end of 2013, it had fallen to 571,000 viewers.

    Did she ever think maybe she isnt as funny as she thinks she is?

  • Colininla

    Never understood her appeal. . .

  • Rodney Pete

    Why is this news that the skank is leaving?

  • navyservant50

    This is What makes America better than many other places.Shows and famous people,funny or not,at least get to have their chance at displaying their own versions of entertainment and comedy,without censorship.She had her fame and her chance,and now is moving on.To many,that is a blessing.I have to wonder though,if she talked to the execs with the same abrasive attitude,lack of respect,little tact or intelligence,and sarcasm as she treated people on her show and her audiences.Possibly why she is leaving “on her own volition.” Hmmmm

    • LOL

      There is a difference between quality and censorship.

  • john dillngerr

    id love to bang this cougar anally

  • Me

    Insiders: Chelsea Handler Leaving E! When Contract Expires

    Naturally—and I don't mean what she's carrying under her face.

  • bobfrapples

    I have watched it and it committed the error comedy shows must not commit..IT'S NOT FUNNY!!! The Male Bashing attitude is soo yesterday and you must have charisma to make people watch!…seriously nevermind the viewership numbers…. If people loved this show, they would TIVO it.. ain't happening.. not funny, not hot…go to Netflix, less to watch there all the time…. Adios Chels…

  • Steve Fitzpatrick

    well i love the show and will miss it.