Chelsea Handler Quits Netflix Talk Show To Follow A More Important Calling: Political Activism

"My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way."

When 2018 comes around, we're going to be missing one hilarious and informative talk show: Chelsea Handler's Chelsea. The comedian revealed that her Netflix series wouldn't be coming back because she will be focusing on self-improvement and sharing that journey with viewers.


"Like so many across the country, the past presidential election and countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me," Handler's Twitter statement, released yesterday (October 18), begins. "From the national level down to the grassroots, it's clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation."

To do her part, Handler revealed that she is devoting the time that would have been spent on Chelsea's third season — though new episodes will continue to stream weekly throughout the rest of 2017 — to political activism. It is through this decision, Handler went on to say, that her mission will be to fix what she deems needs fixing these days.

"For these reasons, I've decided not to return for another season of Chelsea, and instead devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me," the 42-year-old dog lover added. "My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way."

As for how this will happen, Handler said she will travel the country "and visit areas and people I don't know enough about" in her hope to "gain a better understanding of our political divide." Furthermore, Handler has joined forces with EMILY's List. EMILY's List, a political action committee (PAC) founded by Ellen R. Malcolm in 1985, aligns with Handler's goals to "elect more women to public office, register people to vote, and campaign for candidates who are fighting for women's rights."

Better yet, Handler will still be working with Netflix — this time to develop a documentary in which the former Chelsea Lately host will "engage with people I don't talk with enough — people of different ethnicities, religions, and political philosophies." Handler also noted that Netflix "could not have been more understanding" of her decision and she is "grateful for their continued support."

Kudos to you on this decision, Chelsea. We cannot wait to see what you create next.

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