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Chelsea Handler as VMA Host: How'd She Do? (POLL)

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 13th 2010 3:00PM
Chelsea HandlerAside from Lady Gaga's meat dress and that whole Taylor Swift/Kanye West beef, the most talked-about story from last night's MTV Video Music Awards was the collective thumbs-down critics gave to VMA host Chelsea Handler.

Our own Rebecca Ann Warren thought "most of [Handler's] skits fell flat: She jumped in the hot tub with the 'Jersey Shore' cast (heels and all) and exited with a tired joke in the form of a faux baby bump. She addressed last year's West-Swift debacle by warning off stage crashers with a stupid self-defense demonstration. She filmed a running skit with Ke$ha about a VMA meet and greet. And she made an unfortunate joke about riding home on the face of the hot werewolf from 'True Blood."

Perhaps the harshest criticism of Handler's performance came from The New York Times, which called her "among the worst [hosts] in the show's history -- purposefully out-of-touch, with brief, alarming flashes of off-color racial humor."

Was Handler really that bad? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts in the comments.

What did you think of Chelsea Handler as the VMAs host?
Hilarious, like always280 (35.8%)
Terribly unfunny397 (50.7%)
Who?106 (13.5%)

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Jan Crump

I LOVE Chelsea Lately! The only think I find boring about it is the skits! They are always stupid and make no sense or just plain aren't funny. Her round tables and interviews are excellent so I suffer through the skits. I have actually found people interesting when she interviews them, when I normally wouldn't - it's something about her naturalness as an interviewer. She gets the most interesting information out of all of them! She needs to shelve the skits though......

September 14 2010 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She is always unfunny when pressed to do live events. Her comedy tour is routinely panned. She was, for instance, disinterested and/or hungovcer in Chicago and was a major disappointment. When she is on Leno (he is a big backer) the interviews are always B level at best. Like iother panic-stricken peeople, she drops to the owest common denominator (face ride) when challenged. The funniest bit last night was the pre-taped one with Lohan which means it could/would/was scripted and reshot as often as necessary. She is just right for the E network, with low viewing expectations, a cult-like audiemce and her own staffers supplying the comedy bits and filling out the round table. Talk about the D list life.

September 13 2010 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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