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Chelsea Handler headed to Netflix: Talk show host signs 7-year deal

TV personality Chelsea Handler attends the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for AFI

Chelsea Handler has a new network, sort of. The talk show host and comedian has signed a 7-year deal with Netflix that will include a talk show. According to the New York Daily News on Thursday, Chelsea Handler's Netflix deal includes several comedy specials and a talk show.

Handler is on contract with the E! Network until December. Her last new show date was moved up to August 26 though after she began blasting the network earlier in the year. She has been notably unhappy on E! and made no bones about it. Chelsea has been known to call the network a "sad, sad place to live" while on the "Howard Stern Show."

Rumors about where Chelsea may land have been brewing for months. Many thought she would take a spot on CBS when Jimmy Fallon took on "The Late Show." Ultimately Craig Ferguson did leave the "Late Late Show" but Chelsea Handler quipped that she didn't want it. She seems to be less conservative than what a major network would be looking for and she knew it.

There were rumors that her reps set up meetings with FX and Sony but the Netflix rumor was just as persistent. Now it is official that Chelsea will be on Netflix and while that might limit her audience, it will definitely open up her ability to say and do whatever she wants. That sounds absolutely perfect for Chelsea Handler.

Chelsea has just two months left with the E! Network and then she will head on over to Netflix. It might be a painful wait for Handler fans though because Netflix plans to debut their new star early in 2016. That gives viewers almost a year and a half with no Chelsea Handler. In TV time, that is a long, long time so let's hope fans are still interested in what the comedian has to say after that long of a hiatus.

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