The cable network revealed that Chelsea Handler's late-night talk show will be ending at the end of this summer, with a live, hour-long series finale airing on Thursday, Aug. 26. "Chelsea Lately's" final episode will be preceded by a month-long celebration of specials episodes that will highlight the show's seven-year run.
“We are very proud of 'Chelsea Lately’s' long-running success and the unique space that the series carved out in late night television,” said E! president Suzanne Kolb. “Chelsea brought a distinct voice to late night with her acerbic wit and fearless commentary and we look forward to providing fans with a memorable send-off that lives up to that tradition. Most of all, we are grateful to the 'Chelsea Lately' team for making this show so special for seven years.”
Handler added: “I myself am more surprised than anyone that I was able to hold down a job for seven years, and it was a fantastic seven years. I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I’m glad I went.”
The comedienne's expected departure from E! comes following remarks she made earlier this year where she called her TV home a "sad, sad place to live" in an interview with Howard Stern, adding, “They don’t know what they’re doing. They have no ideas. It’s a failure.” Her manager also revealed in March that the stand-up and best-selling author would be leaving the network once her current contract expired in the fall.
"Chelsea Lately" launched on July 16, 2007. The show's viewership has decreased in recent years, dropping from 613,000 to 571,000 viewers between 2012 and 2013. Last year's episode guest hosted by Lindsay Lohan was one of its highest-rated episodes ever, drawing 890,000 viewers.
The show has spawned several specials and spin-offs over the years, including the reality show parody "After Lately," which ran for three seasons, and the late-night talk show "Hello Ross."
"Chelsea Lately" will continue to air weeknights at 11/10 p.m. CT on E! through Aug. 26. An updated version of E! News will air in the time slot starting the following night.