It's Official: Chelsea Handler's Late-Night E! Show Will End in August

By KateStanhope

May 28, 2014

Late-night host Chelsea Handler has made no secret about her desire to leave E!, and now the network has made her departure official.

Chelsea Lately will wrap its seven-year run with a live series finale on August 26, E! announced Wednesday. The finale will cap a month-long celebration that will include special episodes and surprise guests.

"We are very proud of Chelsea Lately's long-running success and the unique space that the series carved out in late-night television," E! President Suzanne Kolb said in a statement.  "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."

Added Handler: "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."

Handler's manager first revealed in March that the standup comedian and best-selling author planned to leave E! at the end of her current contract, which expires this fall. Not long after, Handler tweeted a photo of a CBS handbook in her lap. However, she most recently told  Ellen DeGeneres, "I would never be on a regular network. ... I would never do that to my fans or to myself or to the network."

Will you miss Chelsea Lately? Where do you want to see Handler end up?

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  • EsmeBuffay May 29, 2014

    Good, she's painfully unfunny.

  • FilmFanatic May 29, 2014

    Many look too much into this. I just watched her show and enjoyed the hell out of it! She might not be the most likeable person to host a show but she's funnier than many of the 'respectable' late night hosts.

  • SeanWilliams11 May 29, 2014

    No more Chelsea Handler on E!. I guess there really is a god

  • JT_Kirk May 29, 2014

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. I've never seen a comedian go downhill faster than Handler once she got this show.