Chelsea Handler announced earlier this year that when her contract with E! expires, she is choosing not to renew it and will instead move on from her late-night gig on “Chelsea Lately.” Immediate speculation began about where Handler would land, including talks she would be David Letterman’s replacement for the “Late Show,” which ultimately went to Stephen Colbert.
The New York Post is reporting that Handler is close to finalizaing a deal with Netflix, the online streaming site that producers original series “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.” The source close to the talks says, “The format is to be decided.”
Handler recently told Howard Stern in an interview on his Sirius radio show that she’s done with E!. “No one’s watching E!. E!’s not doing anything great,” says Handler, adding that she’s not sure she wants to be on a network anymore because “you answer to a lot of people when you’re on a network.”
“I don’t wanna just talk about Justin Bieber anymore, I’m done with that,” Handler continues. “I wanna be challenged a little bit more, I wanna do something that’s a little bit more riveting … somewhere between what I’m doing and what Bill Maher is doing. … I like the whole idea of Netflix, I like the idea of people watching you when they can watch you. I like that. I think that would reformat the landscape. I think that would be a cool thing to do.”
So perhaps Handler’s Netflix show would be taped every day and then available at a certain time later that day? Or would she tape several shows at once and they’d all be available at once or one released every day for week? Or maybe it’s a weekly show like “Real Time with Bill Maher” and not a daily show like “Chelsea Lately.”
It’ll be interesting to see. Reps for both Handler and Netflix declined to comment.