Chelsea Handler’s Netflix Show Is Another Casualty of the Late-Night Boom


Chelsea.
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After just two seasons, Chelsea Handler has announced that her self-titled Netflix series is coming to an end. Chelsea was never a perfect show, but it was a trailblazing experiment—the first talk show to make its home on a streaming platform. Handler left her old E! series in 2014, just before late night became home to several new, mostly male hosts—and by the time she debuted her Netflix show two years later, the game had already changed significantly. Now, her series stands as a reminder: the late-night boom giveth, and the late-night boom taketh away.

Handler tweeted the announcement Wednesday night, saying that following the presidential election, her priorities have changed:

Like so many across the country, the past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me. From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation. For these reasons, I’ve decided not to return for another season of Chelsea, and instead devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me. My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way. I want to travel the country and visit areas and people I don’t know enough about, speak at colleges and listen to students, and gain a better understanding of our political divide. I have joined forces with EMILY’s List to elect more women to public office, register people to vote, and campaign for candidates who are fighting for women’s rights.

I’m excited to share that I will continue my partnership with Netflix, working together on a documentary where I’ll engage with people I don’t talk with enough – people of different ethnicities, religions and political philosophies. Netflix could…

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