Chelsea Handler is moving to Netflix, the online streaming service said Thursday.
Handler will exit Chelsea Lately, the late-night talk show she’s hosted on E! for seven seasons (the last of which unhappily), in August. The parties formally announced the split in separate statements last month. Come this fall, Chelsea and her flippant tongue will set up shop on Netflix. An April report published by The New York Post called Chelsea’s move to the service “a done deal,” but this is the first time either Handler or Netflix has responded to the speculationpublicly.
“If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested. 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. 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.”
The Handler-Netflix partnership (or love affair, still too early to tell) kicks off with a standup comedy special based on Chelsea’s current tour, Uganda Be Kidding Me (based on her 2014 book of the same name). That’ll be taped in Chicago on June 20, but isn’t expected to make its international debut until it’s released on Netflix on Oct. 10. The new year will bring four Chelsea “docu-comedy specials” to Netflix subscribers. Eventually, Chels and her edgy brand of “Tell It Like It Is” comedy will pioneer the first ever Netflix talk show.
In a statement, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said:
“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…”
For now, Netflix will only say that the unnamed show “will feature an updated format that still encompasses Chelsea’s unfiltered opinions on topical entertainment and cultural issues, as well as her signature guest interviews.”
The gabfest will premiere in 2016.
Meanwhile, E! is planning a month-long “celebration” of special Chelsea Lately episodes leading up to the show’s Aug. 26 series finale.