“Chelsea Lately” Ending in August

One of Hollywood’s worst-kept secrets in now an official announcement: Chelsea Handler is leaving E!.

Yeah…we were shocked, too.

In August, Handler will exit Chelsea Lately, the late-night talk show she’s hosted on the entertainment network for seven seasons. The parties formally announced the split in separate statements Wednesday.

“I, myself, am more surprised than anyone that I was able to hold down a job for seven years, and it was a fantastic seven years. I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I’m glad I went.?”

Chelsea was singing quite a different tune when she blasted E! in a March interview with Howard Stern, calling the network “a sad, sad place to live” and hinting that “I might be looking for a new house soon.” Word is Chelsea’s talking her flippant tongue over to Netflix, where she’d likely be commissioned to do some hosting work for the online streaming service.

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An April report published by The New York Post called Chelsea’s move to Netflix “a done deal,” but there’s been no official comment from Handler or Netflix.

E!’s planning a month-long “celebration” of special Chelsea Lately episodes leading up to the Aug. 26 series finale.

How do feel about those whispers (gaining traction) that Khloe Kardashian is a frontrunner to replace Chelsea in E!’s late-night landscape?