Chelsea Handler believes the line between reality TV and politics has completely been blurred.
The Chelsea host, who has been vocal about her dissatisfaction with President-elect Donald Trump, continues to air her grievances in a new interview with Variety, where she makes the argument that celebrity culture may have contributed to the election results.
"They were treating him as an entertainer first," the 41-year-old TV host says. "It was a reality show. We’ve turned into a reality show."
"I blame the Kardashians, personally," Handler continues. "The beginning of the end was the Kardashians. The way these people have blown up and don’t go away — it’s surreal. Everyone is for sale."
Handler, a longtime Hillary Clinton advocate who felt the Democratic nominee was "absolutely" treated unfairly during the election, notes that we probably won't be seeing Trump on Handler's Netflix show anytime soon.
"Why would I?" she asks. "I don’t ever want to see him. I don’t ever want to interact with him, which won’t be a problem."
Handler goes on to describe an encounter she says she had with the president-elect.
"Once he came up to me in a restaurant in L.A. to introduce himself — to tell me he’s Donald Trump," she recalls. "I said, 'Great.'"
As for how she'll deal with Trump-as-president on her show, Handler explains that she's lucky to have the flexibility as to whether to be funny or serious in covering his time in office.
"First and foremost, I’m a comedian. But also, we have to hold him accountable," she says. "And we have to make fun of him, just like you’d make fun of anybody who was president."
"I think the great thing that Netflix has afforded me is to be serious when it calls for it," she reasons. "I’m not going to be funny on the day after the election, when I was horrified and crying all night."