Published On: Tue, Apr 29th, 2014

Chelsea Handler now talking to Netflix as her hopes of taking David Letterman’s place are rapidly dashed.

Ms. Handler, well into the last year of her contract with NBC Universal to host the  E! show,  has reportedly turned her attentions to the  emerging cable channel for her next spot.

It was not so long ago that Chelsea Handler who sprang to fame as host of the E! Talk and “Chelsea Lately” cable TV shows was reported to be deep in conversation with the powers at the  CBS about being handed  a late-night talk show with the channel, in the shuffle that was looking likely to when David Letterman announced that he would be calling it quits sometime within the next year.

However, with Letterman’s replacement, Stephen Colbert already been named, and  as a straight “ shoe-in” at that Ms. Handler is already putting out feelers for other options, with one of her favorites appearing to be Netflix.

According to unofficial sources, Ms. Handler and Netflix are already close to signing a deal, which is liable to see  one of TV’s hottest late-night hosts joining the streaming-video giant, although there are scant details around regarding the format of the show she will be heading. The speculation that it is liable to be either a scripted or an unscripted comedy, with the latter option being mouth watering, but risky for Netflix, with Chelsea been well-known for talking off-the-cuff.

The Netflix profile has been,  at least for the time being, is to produce drama shows, with “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black” bringing particular success, although they have moved into sitcoms recently, and recently signed up Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin to star in a new half-hour comedy series “Grace and Frankie”


Chelsea Handler  first sprang to prominence in 2007 when she began to host  the  late-night comedy show  Chelsea Lately, ” which  consistently averaged an audience of more than half  a million viewers, making it one of the most popular late night cable shows, broadcast daily on the E! Network not only in the U.S., but also in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand  and Germany.

In addition, the best clips drawn from Chelsea Lately regularly top the one million viewer mark on YouTube.

As well as keeping herself busy on television, Chelsea  Handler is also a very popular comedy novelist, having the distinction of three of her novels holding down the top three spots  on the Bestseller Lists during the same week of March 2010.

Chelsea’s first paperback release, the risque “My Horizontal Life: A Collection Of One Night Stands”  describing  her early sexual encounters and published by Bloomsbury Publishing, certainly  caught the imagination of millions, selling over a million copies in more than 20 countries when it hit the bookshops of the world in 2005.

Her follow-ups also did equally well with “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” published by Simon Spotlight, “Chelsea, Chelsea Bang Bang”  released by Grand Central Publishing, and her most recent novel hit the printing presses “Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me” released in 2010,   all coming in at the top spot on the New York Times Bestseller List.

“Uganda Be Kidding Me”, will be the third release published by on her own Grand Central brand “Borderline Amazing/A Chelsea Handler Book.” The first release was Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, and the second was “Man Up: Tales Of My Delusional Self-Confidence” written by Ross Mathew which was released in May 2013

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