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Netflix Confirms New Chelsea Handler Talk Show

The ‘Chelsea Lately’ host has signed up with the popular streaming service.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: June 19th, 2014 in Culture » TV » News

Netflix Confirms New Chelsea Handler Talk Show

After months of circulating gossip about Chelsea Handler’s future once she leave her E! late night show ‘Chelsea Lately’ in August, Netflix has finally confirmed that the comedian has signed up to host a show exclusively for them.

On Thursday, the online streaming giant announced that Handler will host a talk show premiering in early 2016 that will be available in every region where Netflix has subscribers.

The deal allows Handler more creative freedom since she won’t have to deal with the pressures and boundaries set by traditional cable television, and provides Netflix with a recurring show that encourages frequent returns. Currently, Netflix’s original programming including ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘House of Cards’ works on a binge-watching model that supports heavy streaming in short spurts.

“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…” said Netflix chief content officer, Ted Sarandos.

Netflix and Handler have over a year to iron out the details of the show, but Netflix promises that it “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.”

“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,” Handler said of her exclusive deal in a statement.

“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,'” she added.

Handler will produce the show along with Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack.

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