Bill Wolff Named Showrunner of Chelsea Handler's Netflix Talk Show (Exclusive)

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Bill Wolff and Chelsea Handler

The TV veteran recently departed 'The View,' where he served as executive producer after a long tenure with Rachel Maddow.

Bill Wolff is joining Chelsea Handler in her new approach to late-night talk. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that veteran TV producer has been named executive producer and showrunner of Handler's yet-to-be-titled Netflix talk show, set to premiere in 2016.

News of Wolff's hiring comes just two days after his departure from ABC's tumultuous The View. He had joined the daytime panel in 2014, helping spearhead a rebrand after nearly 10 years at MSNBC.

"Bill is the visionary we have been looking for to create a dynamic new format that’s global, informative and entertaining," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. "He brings new creativity and fresh conversations to the talk show format that the on-demand generation and Chelsea’s audience will care about."


Wolff's hiring marks the first big development in over a year for Handler and Netflix's planned 2016 talk show. It was part of her huge 2014 deal to join the streaming service, but it was always planned for stand-up specials and her upcoming documentary series. Handler spoke briefly about the talker in July, noting the rollout timing and schedule are a work in progress and that the plan is to air the new show multiple times a week.

"I could not be more thrilled to join Netflix and Chelsea Handler in transforming what we know to be the talk show," said Wolff. "Viewers love Chelsea and her ability to go to a place and ask the questions no one else will. I can’t wait to work with these pioneers in the business to entertain and educate audiences around the world."

Another detail now confirmed about the show is that it will be produced in Los Angeles, like Handler's previous late-night effort at E!. The new series will have an updated format, featuring her comedic take on entertainment and current events — as well as guest interviews.

Wolff's resume is a lengthy one. Rising to vice president of programming during his time at MSNBC, his most noteworthy achievement of his tenure is likely creating The Rachel Maddow Show. He served as exec producer and showrunner between 2008 and 2014. Prior to that, he had two tenures at ESPN — where he created daily talk show Around the Horn.

Handler will premiere Netflix's first talk show in 2016 in all of the streamer's territories.