Chelsea Handler Talks Leaving E! for Netflix: 'I Had to Get My Brain Working Again'

by Leanne Aguilera 2:01 PM PDT, July 28, 2015
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What's the difference between working for E! and working for Netflix?

Well, according to Netflix's future talk show host, Chelsea Handler: "It's the difference between playing with kids on a playground and being in a really well-respected college." Yikes!

The no-filter funny gal took the stage at the Summer TCA Press Tour on Tuesday to talk about her five upcoming projects for Netflix: A four-part original film series called Chelsea Does, and her return to the pulse of pop culture as Netflix's first talk show host in 2016.

But of course, after working seven years on Chelsea Lately, the topic of her very public split from E! was a popular point of discussion.

At the first mention of leaving E!, Handler responded with knee-jerk reaction for her decision to collaborate with Netflix: "I had to get my brain working again," she quipped.

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Back in February, Handler was very vocal that she was "so much smarter" than the nightly content she was creating at Chelsea Lately, but now her comments are a bit more tame.

When asked about why Handler chose to publicly burn her bridge with E!, the comedian's answer was short and to the point: "I didn't."

"I was just talking honestly about how I felt," Handler continued. "I was just done with that [time in my career.] I don’t think that anyone else needs to hear me bitch about E! any more, but I'm very happy with where I am now."

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Handler's four-part film series, Chelsea Does, will each focus on different topics as the unfiltered star attempts to get a better understanding on the subjects of marriage, racism, technology, and drugs.

As for her untitled Netflix talk show, Handler admitted that she's "not looking to do a nightly talk show again." Instead, the series is aiming to be on just a few times a week.

But for those who are going through Handler withdrawals, she had one thing to say: "I'll be in your face, don't worry."