Chelsea Handler Considers Next Move on 'Busy Tonight': "I Will Go Back to Television"

On the third-to-last episode of the E! talk show, the author and comedian mentioned an interest in the format of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.'
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Chelsea Handler (left), Busy Phillips

On the third-to-last episode of E!'s Busy Tonight, host Philipps welcomed guest Chelsea Handler for a chat about her new book, a memoir titled Life Will be the Death of Me.

Before kicking off the conversation, Philipps raised a glass to three Hollywood icons who died recently — Peggy Lipton, Doris Day and Tim Conway — calling them "angels on Earth." 

Turning her attention to Handler, the host said that the author "put it all out there" in her book, to which Handler replied, "I felt like I had to. I learned a lot about myself. Therapy was a door-opener for me."

Handler acknowledged a difference in her personal life, emphasizing that her friends and others close to her noticed a change in behavior. "When I was able to get real, it was a big gift," said the comedian. Handler later expressed that she now feels more confident in her ability to make good decisions.

When encouraged by Philipps to talk about her dating life, Handler joked about the men she's seeking out. "Older white men are out of style," she laughed, prompting Philipps to continue the joke with, "They’ve been canceled."

After over 100 episodes, Busy Tonight was canceled by E! earlier this month, with its final episode set to air Thursday with several surprise guests. Handler's own show, Chelsea Lately, often featuring the late Brody Stevens, ran for seven years before it ended due to a contract expiration in 2014.

When asked by the late-night host whether she would go back to television, Handler said, "I will go back to television, I just haven't figured out what it will be yet." She mentioned an interest in the format of Curb Your Enthusiasm. 

In conjunction with her "sit-down" comedy book tour, Handler’s podcast launches May 23 and will consist of 20 episodes that dive deeper into her personal journey of reflection.