After seven years on the air, Chelsea Handler is leaving E! — and ending her late-night talk show, “Chelsea Lately” — on August 26, the network announced.
The show will air original episodes until that date culminating in a live hourlong finale. Beginning August 27, the network will air E! News in the 11 p.m. time slot. Handler’s exit comes earlier than expected, as it was rumored the host would leave when her contract expired at the end of 2014.
The comedian says in a statement, “I myself am more surprised than anyone that I was able to hold down a job for seven years, and it was a fantastic seven years. I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back on their time in college. I’m glad I went.”
It was rumored that Handler was a possibility to take over David Letterman’s vacated spot, which will now be occupied by Stephen Colbert, and that she would move to Netflix, but both rumors were shot down.