Chelsea Handler Might Say, ‘Goodbye Cable, Hello Netflix!’
There’s been talk of comedian Chelsea Handler heading from her cable TV home to fill up a spot on Netflix, instead. According the New York Post, Handler’s deal with the online platform is close to done. However, the “format” of the show for Netflix has yet to be decided.
Handler will be leaving behind NBC Universal’s E!, where she’s been hosting “Chelsea Lately” since 2007, the current contract for which expires at the end of this year. The Post reported that Handler has no desire to remain with the E! once her contract is up, as she called the network a “failure” and a “sad, sad place to live.”
Representatives for both Netflix and Handler have yet to comment on such a deal, and Variety has noted that while one source says the Netflix show is a go, another warns that the talks between Handler and the online streaming video platform remain in stages too early to confirm a deal.
Either way, Handler’s disenchantment with E! became apparent in March, when she spoke on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show about the downsides of the TV network and named Netflix as an interesting alternative. The move wouldn’t be surprising on Netflix’s part, as the online video giant has made a recent push towards comedy since the major successes of dramas like “House of Cards.” Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, for example, are set to begin their comedy series, “Grace and Frankie,” on Netflix since signing a deal last month.Tags: cable television, Chelsea Handler, Chelsea Lately, comedy, E!, Netflix, Netflix Original Series