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Is Chelsea Handler Quitting E! Network?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 3rd 2011 3:55AM
Chelsea HandlerChelsea Handler is one busy lady these days, with her late night talk show 'Chelsea Lately,' two new shows in the works and a multi-book publishing deal to look after.

So is it any wonder that as her contract comes up for renewal over at E! there are reports that the network's desperate to keep her, and that she's feeling pretty relaxed about the whole thing?

"We'll see how it goes," she told 'The Hollywood Reporter.' "And if it works out for me to stick around here ... It may turn out that I'm done altogether. I can't keep doing the same thing, my brain is bleeding."

Handler is estimated to make $3.5 million a year for her hosting duties, a figure that will undoubtedly have to rise if E! wants to keep her.

"It's a lengthy process," Handler said, adding that "They tell you're valuable, and then you get a counter [offer] and you think, 'I guess you really don't care about me at all.' Nothing is set in stone, so if things go south, then obviously I will be moving along."

Handler's busy at work on her new NBC sitcom, 'Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea,' for which she's acting as both executive producer and co-star. Based on her 2008 bestselling collection of humorous autobiographical essays, it stars Laura Prepon as Chelsea, Handler as her own sister, and possibly -- talks are ongoing -- Roseanne Barr as their aunt.

There have been rumors that NBC -- E!'s sister network -- wants Handler for a larger role. How about becoming the first woman to host her own late night network talk show? "The next step for me is not 'The Tonight Show'," she told 'THR.' "That's a job for Jimmy Fallon. I'm way too divisive for a show like that."

'Chelsea Lately' is known for its bawdy humor and frankness and, despite the fact that many of the guests are not exactly on the A-list, it pulls in up to one million viewers a night, which is higher than the other late night cable shows. It's ranked fourth at E! -- behind reality shows 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians,' 'Kendra' and 'Holly's World' -- and Handler reportedly brought in over $40 million for the network last year.

It's even spawned its own weekly mockumentary, 'After Lately,' which pokes fun at the production of Handler's show.

If Handler does continue to host 'Lately' she'll be making some changes: "If 'Lately' is the show that I'm going to do, it's going to change."

But there may be some good news for E! after all. Although Handler said she's keen to move away from celebrity-centered stuff, she said that "I'm not looking to totally bail on E! They've done a lot for me, and I like it here ... If you take away the Kardashians."

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alicia

I love Chelsea Handler, but if it was not for the E! Network I would have no idea who she was. It's sad that these people make their fame off of these networks, then want more money. She's not the only one. Look at all the "Friends" stars that were no bodies and demanded all that money at the end. They should be thankful to the networks that basically discovered them and put them on the map. I'm disgusted by our society that we hold these regular people up to be royality and they take it and run with it.

June 04 2011 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
drday1

No one will miss her except the very depraved.

June 04 2011 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fark6

get ride of that ugly bitch !!!

June 04 2011 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
goteck1

Chelsea has turned into a discusting loud mouth low life.....Any network that wants her is one to be boycott.

June 04 2011 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bcny11693

Joan Rivers was the first woman to host her own late night talk show.

June 04 2011 at 3:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
addie

She's changed since the beginning. I like her much more then. I think she's a bit full of herself now, just like the rest of them get! Keep it real Chelsea you'll be much better off!

June 04 2011 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sundancer

Love Chelsea! Love the show! I hope she stays and continues. Looking forward to the new sitcom, too.

June 04 2011 at 1:25 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
dstknwzl

chelsea is one funny woman!

June 04 2011 at 1:22 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
varrick81

W H O R E S UNION

June 04 2011 at 1:09 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
varrick81

She belongs to the ****** Union. One of the most successful unions today

June 04 2011 at 1:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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