Chelsea Handler Slams 'Chelsea Lately': 'I Was Much Smarter Than That Show'

by Jackie Willis 5:37 AM PST, February 19, 2015
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Chelsea Handler is burning her cable network bridges.

The 39-year-old comedian slammed E! and her former show Chelsea Lately during the Code/Media conference in Dana Point, Calif., and gushed over her deal at Netflix.

"At E! I did what I wanted and I didn't listen to anybody because I didn't care what they had to say because I didn't respect their opinions," Handler said of the network that employed her for seven years (via The Hollywood Reporter). "At Netflix, I do respect their opinions. It's like going out with a guy you're proud to be seen with."

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Handler's new deal with Netflix includes her stand-up specialĀ Uganda Be Kidding Me Live that is currently streaming, several upcoming docu-comedy specials and a talk show that will premiere in 2016. The comedian likened her upcoming show to 60 Minutes, saying it will be a "healthy mix of everything that goes on around the world." She added that she expects the program to be compared to The Daily Show.

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"I'm so much smarter than [Chelsea Lately] was," Handler said, "and I wanted to be doing a show that was smarter than I was."

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