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Chelsea Handler wants another late-night talk show

Chelsea Handler is ready to bring her controversial punchlines back to late-night TV.

After hosting “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” This Week when the resident host was on vacation, Handler, 47, told Variety that she was interested in her own show.

“I obviously have very strong and loud opinions and I’m happy to share them,” she admitted. “Especially in times like these, it’s nice for a lot of people to have a female voice out there.”

She used her “Kimmel” monologues to discuss issues such as the fall of Roe v. Wade through the Supreme Court, the sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell and R. Kelly and the Jan. 6 hearings on the 2021 riot and making statements.

“And it really got me thinking. Those conversations happen every few years about whether I want to go back to late nights or whether I want to go back to a talk show, and I just always think of a reason why I don’t want to do it,” she said during the interview.

“I feel like this is a time,” Handler continued, “when it’s so important to be represented and to represent women and to remind people why it’s so important to be loud and strong.” and to be tireless and tireless to stand up and say something. There’s comfort to a lot of people when they have someone speaking for them — you know, not just a white guy who I’m sure is on our side, but it’s just different.

“There’s really no one who can experience what it’s like to be a woman but one of us. So unless someone else comments on that, white men’s opinions are pretty much irrelevant.”

The current Late Night line-up is all males on the major networks. Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, but a slot is expected to open up once James Corden leaves the “Late Late Show” on CBS next summer.

However, Handler claimed she had no conversations with CBS bigwigs.

“I personally didn’t engage in conversations with anyone other than my agents and they were just testing the waters to see how interested I was, so I didn’t speak to anyone directly about a specific slot,” she said. “But yeah, I’m interested in getting back out there. So I’m going to talk to all of these people about what those opportunities look like and if this is the right place for me. I’ll think about it if the conversation suits my interests.”

Chelsea Handler chats with Paris Hilton on an episode of this week "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
Chelsea Handler chatted with Paris Hilton about an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! which aired last week.
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Handler floated the idea of ​​her E! Talk show Chelsea Lately – which ran from 2007 to 2014 – as Chelsea Later.

“It’s the same problem with white people. There are too many white men doing the same job,” she told Variety.

“I can’t explain why more women aren’t hosting shows – maybe it’s a lack of interest, but I doubt it. I think people think it’s a man’s job,” she added.

“I thought I made a real dent by doing my show and proving to people that you can be a woman and host a late night show, but it seems like people need another reminder ‘ she continued. “And I could be that person to remind them of that.”

In Tuesday’s episode, the always controversial Handler claimed that her New Jersey high school will not induct her into its Hall of Fame because she is open about abortion.

However, officials at Livingston Public Schools told the Post their claims were “false”.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/01/chelsea-handler-pitches-late-night-return-white-mens-opinions-are-irrelevant/ Chelsea Handler wants another late-night talk show

Emma Bowman

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