In a surprising turn of events, Netflix is parting ways with its Chelsea Handler-hosted talk show today.
Announced by the streaming service and Handler herself, “Chelsea” has officially been canceled after airing two seasons on the platform. The talk show, which went through a notable leadership change moving into its second season, was released once a week on Netflix and featured Handler interviewing different guests and offering her opinion on various current topics.
While Netflix and Handler’s work together had appeared to be going well for the two, however, Handler has announced today that she and Netflix have decided to put an end to “Chelsea.” The veteran host says the move was partly made so that she can begin to invest more of her time to being an activist and fighting for the causes she believes in.
“Like so many across the country, the past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me. From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation,” Handler said. “For these reasons, I’ve decided not to return for another season of Chelsea, and instead devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me. My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way. I want to travel the country and visit areas and people I don’t know enough about, speak at colleges and listen to students, and gain a better understanding of our political divide. I have joined forces with EMILY’s List to elect more women to public office, register people to vote, and campaign for candidates who are fighting for women’s rights.”
Although this is the end of “Chelsea” too, Handler revealed that her time working with Netflix is far from over:
“I’m excited to share that I will continue my partnership with Netflix, working together on a documentary where I’ll engage with people I don’t talk with enough – people of different ethnicities, religions and political philosophies. Netflix could not be more understanding, and I’m grateful for their continued support.”
More episodes from the second season of “Chelsea” will continue to be released on a weekly basis on Netflix until the end of the year.