7:11am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Chelsea Handler in Talks With Netflix for New Show
Chelsea Handler could be headed to Netflix.
The host of E!'s Chelsea Lately is in talks with the subscription-video service for a new show, sources told The Hollywood Reporter, emphasizing that a deal is nowhere close to being finalized. Netflix declined comment.
THR broke the news last month that Handler plans to leave the E! channel when her contract expires at the end of the year. She's been with the network for eight years.
"Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires," her manager, Irving Azoff, told THR. "She hired me to figure out her life after E! We have at least seven suitors and many ideas.”
At the time, he said that plans for Handler could include a radio presence and a possible nightly or weekly late-night show on another network or digital service.
Handler has long been vocal about her dissatisfaction with E!, accusing the network of incompetent programming and blaming weak lead-ins for ratings declines.
Earlier this month, she posted a photo on Instagram that showed her holding papers with the CBS logo and a caption that read, in part, "Business meeting." But the network shot down speculation that she was being eyed to take over the 12:30 a.m. time period from Craig Ferguson.
"There are no discussions with Chelsea Handler regarding the network's 12:30 late-night broadcast," a CBS spokesperson said. "Her meeting with CBS yesterday was a general meeting with our syndication group."
The New York Post was the first to report the news of Handler's talks with Netflix.