Chelsea Handler on Chelsea Lately
06/19/2014 at 11:00 AM EDT
Chelsea Handler doesn't hold back.
So it's no surprise that, after her eight-season run of Chelsea Lately
on E!, the 39-year-old comedian didn't stop until she lined up an ideal new gig – a Netflix talk show.
"I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move. I'm more excited than I've been in awhile, and the team at Netflix is the most forward-thinking, alert group I've sat down with in ages. No offense to the Shahs Of Sunset," Handler said in a statement.
Preceding the debut of Handler's show on Netflix in early 2016, audiences can expect both an hour-long stand-up special premiering exclusively on October 10 and four docu-comedy specials arriving in 2015.
Her stand-up special will be premised on her best-selling book and sold-out tour, Uganda Be Kidding Me.
"The Internet has disrupted many of the conventions of traditional television and together with Chelsea Handler, Netflix is looking forward to reimagining the late night talk show for the on-demand generation, starting with the late night part…." said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a statement.
But no one is more eager for the move than Handler. She controversially expressed in a March interview with Howard Stern that E! was a "sad, sad place to live."
Handler will be taping the stand-up special Friday at the Harris Theater in Chicago.