Chelsea Handler Swaps Talk Show For Activism Documentary

Chelsea Handler Swaps Talk Show For Activism Documentary

Handler explained that, for these reasons, she has decided not to return for another season of her show and will instead become a more engaged citizen and work on projects of more significance to her.

Handler often used Chelsea to talk about important social and political issues - most recently talking to activist DeRay McKesson and NFL star Reggie Bush regarding the NFL players and their decision to kneel during he national anthem. The show initially aired three 20 to 40 minute episodes a week, but then the series changed its format in the second season, streaming just one hour-long episode weekly.

In competition with other late-night shows, Chelsea Handler's talk show had to struggle a lot to make its own space. Handler's also announced that she's teamed up with EMILY's List, a committee dedicated to helping pro-choice Democratic women get elected to office.

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The Hollywood Reporter's write-up of the show's demise indicates that Netflix canceled the show and is "pushing further into other talk-show fare", which includes forthcoming David Letterman and Bill Nye projects. Although the series was praised by many as amusing, brash and acerbic, Chelsea was beleaguered with problems early on, with Handler's audience having difficulty adjusting to the format change. "Netflix could not be more understanding, and I'm grateful for their continued support". The former "Chelsea Lately" host says she'll continue working with Netflix on a documentary about her new political journey, but "Chelsea" episodes will stop production at the end of the year.

"Chelsea" Season 2 is now airing, with Netflix dropping new episodes on Fridays.

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