Chelsea Handler, Ending Netflix Show, Says She Will Focus on Political Activism

Netflix show host Chelsea Handler talks on stage at Politicon

Handler said the presidential election and the dramatic events that followed "galvanized" her and persuaded her to scrap the show in favour of a renewed political activism. 'From the national level down to the grassroots, it's clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation'.

Handler shocked her audience in 2014 when she announced she was leaving "Chelsea Lately" after a 7 year run on E! and joining Netflix to create a late night talk show that could be watched anytime.

"Netflix could not be more understanding and I'm grateful for their continued support", she wrote. She explained her thinking in a note on Twitter and Facebook.

The 42-year-old noted that she plans to travel across the country, speaking at colleges and engaging with new people in an effort to "gain a better understanding of our political divide".

Netflix could not be reached immediately for comment. Handler and Netflix will also collaborate on a political documentary sometime in the future, according to the statement.

In Season 2, her show adopted a weekly format that allowed Handler to dive even deeper into issues, from education to women's rights.

Announced by the streaming service and Handler herself, "Chelsea" has officially been canceled after airing two seasons on the platform.

She seemed more invested in serious segments, like conversations with Democratic politicians and activists, than in humorous sketches and chats with celebrities. Needless to say, her decision was influenced by how deeply shitty the current administration is. In its second season, the show switched from posting three new episodes every week to weekly hour-long episodes.

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