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Chelsea Handler Signs New Two-Year Deal With E!

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 16th 2011 8:50AM
Last summer Chelsea Handler was feeling pretty relaxed about upcoming contract negotations with the E! Network, hinting that she might quit if things didn't work out to her satisfaction. "We'll see how it goes," she told 'THR.' "It may turn out that I'm done altogether. I can't keep doing the same thing, my brain is bleeding."

Well now it seems as thought things have gone her way. And how! Deadline reports that Handler's just inked a very lucrative two-year deal with E!, which will not only see her talk show, 'Chelsea Lately,' renewed through 2014, but also gives her production company, Borderline Amazing Prods, a first-look deal with E! and parent company NBC Universal.

The price tag? A whopping $25 million, which surely more than makes up for any feelings of boredom or fatigue that may arise. Announcing the new deal, Suzanne Kolb, President of E! said, "Chelsea is an extraordinary talent whose smart, clever, no-holds-barred point of view has clearly been embraced by viewers."

She added, "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Chelsea as we build on the success of 'Chelsea Lately,' which has become the late-night destination for young adults, and collaborate with Borderline Amazing Prods on developing even more hit shows."

Handler, who reportedly brought in over $40 million for E! last year, quipped "It's a great time for women in comedy, and it's a great time to have real breasts."

'Chelsea Lately' (and its host) 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's currently pulling in around 1.8 million viewers a night, which is higher than other late night cable shows. It's also the most-watched late-night talk show among female viewers aged 18 to 34.

It is ranked fourth at E! -- behind reality shows 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians,' 'Kendra' and 'Holly's World' -- and has its own spin-off, weekly mockumentary 'After Lately,' which returns for Season 2 on November 27.

'Chelsea Lately' airs Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!

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