Chelsea Handler Plans To Leave E! Network, What’s Next?By: Tobias Roth - April 1, 2014
While she may not be watched as much as someone like Jimmy Fallon or David Letterman, Chelsea Handler has had a popular talk show on the E! network for several years, but it will be coming to a close.
Chelsea Handler has nine months left on her contract, and will be headed elsewhere after the contract expires. Her show Chelsea Lately has been on the air for eight years now, and she continues to bring in a wide variety of celebrities for hilarious interviews.
In addition to her role as a talk show host, Handler has established herself as an author, comedian, and an actress. Having a job with radio, and/or a nightly or weekly late-night show are some of the possibilities that await her post-E! future.
Her manager Irving Azoff, told The Hollywood Reporter that “Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires. She hired me to figure out her life after E! We have at least seven suitors and many ideas.” Where do her fans think is the best place for her to end up?
Since her show is not on a basic channel, and instead airs on a cable channel like E!, her show has been bringing in roughly 572,000 viewers per night, which is also a decrease from her 839,000 viewers in 2010. However, Chelsea Handler still has a dedicated base of fans, and is also making roughly $9 million per year.
Throughout her years on the E! network, Chelsea Handler has attracted female audiences for the most part, especially when compared to other talk show hosts. She also has the youngest audience of any talk show host, with the exception of Conan O’Brien’s newest show that airs on TBS.
She has also showed her disgust for the network, and on a recent episode of Howard Stern’s radio show, she said that it was a “sad, sad, place to live.” She also mentioned that a network like Netflix might be a better suit for her, given her raunchy brand of humor.
Before her contract expires, Chelsea Handler already has some other things lined up. She will shoot her first stand-up special at the Harris Theater in Chicago in June, which will air on cable in October. Handler also has a new book called Uganda Be Kidding Me, which is her first book to be No.1 on the New York Times best-seller list for more than a week.
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