Chelsea Handler thinks she’s A-list, she’s ‘setting up a clique of power women’

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Sandra Bullock turned 50 years old over the weekend. She celebrated with a big bash that included Chelsea Handler. Sandra and Chelsea have been friends for a few years, I guess. Sandra has been on Chelsea Lately, and Chelsea sucked up to Sandy at Sandy’s hand- and footprint ceremony last year. Personally, I always thought Sandy was too smart to really buddy up to Chelsea in a big way, but I bought the idea that they were “Hollywood friends” in that they share the same social group and go to some of the same parties. But they’re apparently a lot closer than that, if this story is to be believed.

You can’t sit with us! Irreverent talk show host Chelsea Handler is surrounding herself with Hollywood’s most elite females. In fact, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly that Handler is “setting up a clique of power women.”

The E! host, who is set to make the move to Netflix with her own original programming after seven years of Chelsea Lately, recently feted Sandra Bullock for her 50th birthday and the insider tells Us, “Sandra fits right in [with her clique.]”

Handler, 39, along with seven friends including Whitney Cummings, 31, joined the Oscar winner in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where they took in a July 24 show from the Southern Soul All Stars at the famed Million Dollar Cowboy Bar to celebrate the leading lady’s birthday.

Bullock, who turned the big 5-0 on July 26, “wanted to let loose and talk dirty,” an insider says of the getaway bash.

Handler is also tight with A-listers Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. And it won’t be hard for Sandy to mingle with Handler’s BFF Aniston — another insider revealed to Us the two have become good friends recently after meeting at a dinner hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow. “Jen and Sandra are new BFFs,” the insider says. “They’re very excited about the new friendship.”

[From Us Weekly]

Reese, Sandra, Aniston, Gwyneth – all women who are A-list, all Hollywood power brokers in their own way. Chelsea is the black sheep of that group. She’s the one who doesn’t fit in, but it’s amusing that she thinks she’s one of them and that she’s the woman bringing them all together in some sort of liquor-soaked Bitch Clique. What is this, high school? What are they going to call their clique? The Angelina Jolie Is A C—T Clique?

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  1. Mike says:

    This is how you become A list. All of these woman had to fight their way to the top and now Handler is doing the same thing. For better or worse, it looks like she is succeeding.

  2. starfan says:

    I refuse to dislike Sandra just because she is friends with the likes of Chelsea. She raises a lot of money for her community & donates millions to various charities without pimping it to the masses. I don’t see the point of bringing up Angelina Jolie in this???

    • abby says:

      Well, to each their own.

      I haven’t liked Sandy much since before she married JJ. I cannot put my finger on a specific act or deed but it’s the same unsettling instinct I’ve always had with Reese W. And that was years before Reese’s “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!!” adventure with the cops.
      I mean Sandra comes across nice enough but there is just an undercurrent. Something just doesn’t feel right with Sandra, imo. That she’s friends with Handler is just, ugh.

      And yeah, I don’t know why Jolie needs to be mentioned, but since she was and since you kind of insinuated it (whether at Jolie or not).
      Why do people have such a problem with Jolie using the media for her UN work? I mean, that is what her role in the UN is – to be a media spokesperson and bring awareness. So, she would NOT be fulfilling her role for the UN without the media participation. I just bring it up because I constantly see this criticism aimed at her (directly and implied) and I keep thinking to myself, but that is what her role requires, to liaise with the media on behalf of the UN. How exactly is she to get around the media and still raise public (meaning worldwide) awareness for the UN? I just think it’s an unfair criticism.
      And for comparison, we hear almost nothing of her many philanthropic endeavors outside of the UN. You know, the ones Jolie does privately, without the media.

      Anyway, Happy 50th Sandra.

      • starfan says:

        um, I didn’t “insinuate” anything about Angelina. You need to calm down, it’s not that serious. I like Jolie a lot, I was just talking about Sandra & didn’t understand why Angelina was brought up in the article.

      • FLORC says:

        I didn’t get the Jolie bit either. Seems misdirected.

        Back to topic.
        Sandy is sweet. She is nice and makes friends easily. She also seems to have a tight circle that can be trusted. These ladies are sucking up to her, but as soon as their colors start showing I can see Sandy breaking ties.
        Stories will leak and Sandy’s trusted circle will advise her against Handler.
        Funny enough Aniston has done this and had friends defend and then cut ties quickly.
        I can’t hate Sandy and have never seen anything to suggest she isn’t genuinely sweet.

      • littlestar says:

        starfan, I don’t think abby was attacking you, it sounded like she was agreeing with you. And I also agree with both of you, AJ is in a league of her own and doesn’t need to be brought up every time these other women are mentioned. Especially Handler *gag*.

        Florc – I always though Sandra was a nice person too (mediocre actress, but okay person), and maybe she is, but what are your thoughts on her ex-husband? Do you think she knew about his Nazi-loving tendencies? It would be hard to hide something like that from a spouse. I don’t know, I guess I’m not a fan of Sandra anymore like I used to be.

      • KB says:

        @littlestar, didn’t he hide like half a dozen mistresses? I’m sure he could have hidden anything he wanted to from her. Seems like who he was and who he was in her presence were very different.

      • abby says:

        starfan,
        I think I was very calm in my response. My language was reasonable, measured and I gave allowance that your statement “pimping it to the masses” was perhaps not directed at Jolie. So please show where I was NOT calm. (since it’s not all caps I’m not shouting.)

        We both were not sure why Jolie was mentioned in the original article (as to why Handler and all these A-listers are supposedly friends) but since jolie was, I commented on it. as did you.
        And I commented on a commonly held criticism of Jolie. It was very calm and simple. Perhaps the person needing to calm down is you.

  3. Tiffany27 says:

    How is she friends with Sandra? Handler is heinous.

  4. Talie says:

    Well, it makes sense… besides Sandra, are any of those women considered nice human beings? Uh, no…

    • BreeBree says:

      I mean, I bet Sandra isn’t as nice as people think. How many genuinely nice people do you know that are SURROUNDED by bitchy friends?

      • minime says:

        More than that, she married a douche-bag who collected nazi memorabilia. I think Sandra Bullock always seemed quite nice and she’s really a great actress, but (IMO) she can’t be that much of a nice person if she finds comfort and friendship in such ill-intended people. I’m not that surprised by her choice with Chelsea.

      • Artemis says:

        Yeah, birds of a feather….

        If it was one woman, then eh but all of these women are downright nasty and entitled as shit. I don’t even call it bitchy anymore because bitching can be harmless. Handler’s ‘jokes’ about Jolie’s children are plain racist and for Bullock to be friends with a woman like that…something in the milk isn’t clean! Plus she was married to a man with neo-nazi ties so lord knows who Bullock really is in private. Nobody can be that stupid/naive/ignorant.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        You said it Minimee! She knew he was married. She knew he had a child with his wife. She knew he was a mysoginist and she knew he did drugs. She simply thought she was so much better than anybody he’d been with before that he wouldn’t be that way with her. I see that as extremely arrogant. Cheating, mistreating others, selfishness, etc. – that is a mentality. It can’t be changed – it doesn’t matter who they’re with because not about who they’re with. I hated how she played such the victim when it all came out that what’s his name was such a douche to her? Why the surprise? Well, because she’s Sandra Bullock! While the entire world seemed to be rallying around her and gushing sympathy, I didn’t feel sorry for her. I could say alot about her adopting a baby during that ordeal, but I’m sure I’d get squashed like a bug!

      • Talie says:

        I agree, but sometimes there is one anomaly in a group of friends. One straight man who just sits back.

      • Jem says:

        I want to say there was a blind item about her not long ago; somebody witnessed her ripping her assisstant apart, very petty and mean. I think the guy was like 5 minutes late or something, and she just tore into him.

        I think it’s the Oscar curse. I think when they win an Oscar, whatever remained of thier humility just evaporates

      • FLORC says:

        Besides speculation is there any direct evidence Bullock isn’t nice?

        As far as her ex husband… He kept a lot from her and she may have willingly kept herself in the dark about it. That doesn’t mean she supported it and knew about it.
        To speculate that much seems like a witch hunt.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      I don’t get how willingly keeping one’s self in the dark is not knowing about it and supporting it? Denial means you know down deep but don’t admit it to anybody because that would mean humliation and the need for action. If she knew – on any level – she supported it by not speaking up or asking questions. I’m not a witch hunt for her. I don’t think she’s pure evil or anything. I’m simply not in alignment with all the “she’s so great and what a wonderful person” just because she donates to charities. Frankly, anybody with that much money who doesn’t donate to charities has a bad financier. Those generous donations are great tax write-offs. That’s why most of them do it.

  5. DavidBowie says:

    I like the pic of her and her sister. It’s cute. I’m dumbfounded by her friendship with Handler but then she did marry Jessie James so she’s not as discerning in her relationships.

  6. Kiddo says:

    Ever since a commenter here posted that funny story about Handler calling her books garbage, I could see how her self deprecating humor might grow on you. She might be very different outside of her TV persona.

    • FingerBinger says:

      I agree. I think Chelsea Handler is a probably a lot different than she is on TV. She has the same shtick as Don Rickles, yet he doesn’t get labeled a racist, but Chelsea does. It’s the same thing with Bill Cosby. I think his persona as this great guy is not who he is in private.

      • TheRealMaya says:

        What put me off Chelsea is not the racist jokes but the fact that she attacks children. She has verbally attacked Jolie Pitts children, Suri Cruise, Honey Boo Boo and others as well – some comments were racist and down right mean.

        In my opinion only vile and disgusting human beings will ever attack children. It doesn’t matter if you hate their parents – children are off limits.

    • doofus says:

      “She might be very different outside of her TV persona. ”

      yeah, I’m not a fan of hers, but I do acknowledge that a LOT of hollywood types have a “character” they play on TV which is not really like their real self.

      along the lines of Colbert…

      my main complaint about Handler is that her “shtick” just isn’t funny. I’m not offended, I guess…I’m just not laughing.

    • lucy2 says:

      I’ve often wondered that, if she’s different in real life vs. her public persona.
      I’ve come to the non-scientific conclusion that she’s probably awesome to people like Sandra – people she thinks can help her up the ladder, and that’s how she keeps making friends with all these high profile women. But I can’t get over the sense that she’s just using them, and doing all of it to only raise her own profile. Maybe I’m wrong, who knows, but it’s just the impression I get.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        My idea is that they are just Hollywood friends, in the sense that they eat, drink, and hang out with each other. When shizz really hits the fan, are they the kind of people, do they have the kind of relationship where they will be there for the other person?

        I have no clue. I don’t think so–but that’s just my perception of Handler.

        And I agree with you about celebs who are nice to other celebs, etc. It’s real easy to put on a face, for a party. It’s real easy to pretend like you’re nice and sweet (or whatever false image you want to convey) for a couple of hours. Eventually the truth will get out (Laura Jean Poon), but you can get a lot of mileage out on an image.

        And just think–how many of these celebs, when they’re hanging out with each other, spend more than a few hours at a time together with other celeb ‘friends’ more than once or twice a month. If that–outside of filming.

        The overall impression I get with their relationship, and with their other ‘celeb friends’ is that unless it’s a public event, they’re only together to drink/get drunk. I can be friends with almost anyone if I got some margaritas out of it, and awesome food.

      • Kiddo says:

        There has to be something in it for them, they aren’t a group of stupid, naive women, they’ve been around for a while. So maybe she is fun, nice, or maybe they are all the same, I don’t know. But there is no advantage to befriending her in terms of their own careers, is there? Does she have better connections? If not, then they must recognize her as on the level, for whatever the reason, and they aren’t sitting ducks waiting to be used.

      • Sea Dragon says:

        Kiddo, I’m thinking she has the best drugs. And lots of them.

      • Kiddo says:

        @Sea Dragon, Haha. Something I hadn’t thought of. So she’s responsible, ultimately. for the eyeball comment then.

      • Camille (The Original) says:

        @Sea Dragon, I think you may be on to something there. Certainly would make some sense..

    • SpookySpooks says:

      I’ve heard a couple of her interviews in Howard Stern’s show and she came of really well. I haven’t seen her show, though.

    • Becky1 says:

      Yeah, I agree. I don’t find her schtick/persona funny but she could be completely different off screen. She seems to be well liked. The women she’s friends with are more powerful than she is and wouldn’t hang out with her if they didn’t like her-it’s not like they are hanging out with her for her connections.

    • Kate says:

      Agree. I’m not a fan of Handler’s schtick, but that’s what it is, a performance. What you see in her shows and stand-up isn’t necessarily representative of what she’s like in real life. That’s true of a lot of comedians and celebrities.

  7. Logan says:

    No one really knows what Sandra Bullock is like after all she was married to Jesse James. So her friendship with handler isn’t surprising to Me. Look at all of them in the group; Jennifer , Reese, Paltrow , Sandra and Handler. They all sell or sold america’s sweetheart at one point in time. They are all hyprocites if you ask Me.

  8. Tifygodess24 says:

    Is it just me or does anyone else think that Whitney Cummings Is lying about her age I mean she claims to only be 31? This has been driving me nuts for a while , I swear she’s in her 40s and she’s lying. She posts pictures of her and Chelsea and to me they look closer in age than anything especially with all that Botox.

  9. lisa2 says:

    The pictures of her with Handler are ugh to me..

  10. Lori says:

    I don’t buy her as anymore than the ugly friend that some pretty but insecure women keep around to make themselves feel better.

  11. kpoodle says:

    This is so high school. And it never ends well. In my experience of seeing both HS girls and grown women do this, it always ends with the lead mean girl getting burned in the end. They didn’t create a whole movie about it for nothing!

  12. I love Sandra Bullock, and think she looks fab, but she’s just on the edge of starting to look a bit “done” . Now is the time to stop and embrace the ageing process…..

  13. nicegirl says:

    Wait, how old is Chelsea Handler?

  14. Peppa says:

    As I was reading the blurb from US Weekly, I thought it said irrelevant talk show host!

  15. Hiddlesgirl85 says:

    More like a clique of lames …

  16. Sandy says:

    They are all botoxed rich bitches!!!!!!!

  17. Luca26 says:

    They should the word power out it just a clique of immature women bragging about how they get a buzz on together. There is no sin in that but there is nothing to admire in it either.

  18. TheRealMaya says:

    Elite power women they may be currently but not for long. Each of one of these women who has befriended Chelsea via CAA (still think they are all business friends) are losing their credibility, fans and popularity around the world. The only thing that has happened to these women after Chelsea entered their lives is the fact that their true personality has come out and that their good girl image is completely fake.

    Reese – got drunk and did the infamous DUI arrest

    Gwyneth – divorce and hatred from people

    Charlize – bitchy stories have come out

    Sandra – not believable anymore. Please excused her marriage to Jesse James but not her friendship with racist Chelsea. Infact people are thinking that now they understand way she was with Jesse in the first place

    Jennifer – called desperate and pathetic for using Chelsea as her mouthpiece to attack Angelina even 7-8 years after the divorce. Her Jennifer’s cheating history came out and people call her hypocrite.

    So basically what I am saying is that this group is just the bitchiest group in Hollywood and their are losing their America’s Sweetheart image and the only thing that is keeping them in the media are their personal lives.

  19. Josefa says:

    Is Gwyneth really considered A-List? At least here, everyone knows her as the girl from Iron Man and Shakespeare in Love. I didn’t even know about her attitude before I discovered this site.

    I’m not sure how much she’s paid for each movie, but I doubt she has the level of worldwide fame of Angelina or Sandra.

    • ctkat1 says:

      I think there’s two types of “A List”- there’s the type that’s based on your current level of projects, professional respect, awards, etc. and then the type that’s based on having been such a huge star at some point that you’re always famous.

      The first type is easy to tell. For the second type, I tend to think about my mom- like, if my mom knows who the person is, they’ve penetrated the fame-market enough that they’re legitimately famous, ie. my mom doesn’t know who Benedict Cumberbatch is, but she knows who Sandra Bullock is.
      So in answer to your question- Paltrow was at one time very “A List”, and she stayed there long enough that I think she’s sort of grandfathered in on the “A List.”

  20. BackstageBitchy says:

    Wait, the quoted article claims Sandra met Aniston at a party hosted by Gwyneth!? This doesn’t seem like total bullshit to anyone else? Gwyneth has openly disparaged Jennifer Aniston, they I think went to rival high schools and Gwyneth has made it clear that Jen “daughter of a soap star” was NOT her equal, despite both growing up in NYC and moving in somewhat similar circles. PLUS there’s the minor fact that Brad Pitt married Aniston on the rebound from Gwyneth! Yet they are supposedly going to each other’s dinner parties? I don’t buy it. Two such immature, entitled high-school brats are not suddenly forgiving and forgetting and bonding over their shared NYC/ daughter-of/ BP-dating histories…

  21. CatJ says:

    I will never believe there is 11 years difference in age between Chelsea and Sandra.
    I am 57 and don’t have the lines that Chelsea has in her neck and around her eyes.
    C’Mon….

  22. Jessica says:

    About ten years ago, when I was worked at the Shedd Aquarium for the summer in Chicago, Sandra was there for a visit and she was very snotty. I can’t say what I really want on here. She probably has changed since her divorce and over the years but she did seem really stuck up then. It wasn’t a good first impression at all. We don’t know these celebs. It makes me think of Reese, with the do you know who I am comments. These celebs are a trip and their heads are very big. They all seem to have a good girl persona but I wonder what they are like really. Plus, if you are friends with Chelsea what kind of personality do you actually have.

  23. Pandy says:

    I don’t like CH on TV, but I bet she’s fun to hang out with. But that last picture, wow. Her neck is much older than her face, which looks really solid and “filled”

  24. itsnotthatserious says:

    It all makes sense when you realize these are a bunch of insecure, washed up, bitchy, botoxed out women thinking they can get more press by being in a clique. I most certainly do not want to sit you with Chelsea , I would rather sit with Dame Jolie and see if she will share her Rolodex with me. That woman has got to have the most awesome contact, we can drink some rose wine and talk about which world leader has the most crush on her.

    • TheRealMaya says:

      I will sit right next to you if Dame Angelina is there. If only that woman decides to show the world the powerful genuine female friends she has.

      But unlike the people mentioned in the article – real A-listers who have real friendships and power within their industry never advertises the fact.

    • Jen2 says:

      Judging from her Ending Sexual Violence summit, I think quite a few. Cameron could barely contain himself when she went to 10 Downing and I think that Hague was none too pleased when Brad attended and he became her escort and not him. I think she enjoys staying out of all of this type of thing and she and Brad have and enjoy non show business interests and their friends out of the business much more. They don’t seem to need the whole having an “entourage” thing at all like so many others.

  25. Bess says:

    Chelsea is also close friends with Maria Sharapova, the professional tennis player. I can definitely see her being part of that clique, even though the other women are quite a bit older.

  26. M says:

    Well seeing as I am not a fan of any of these women….whatever. This clique thing, what are we in high school? please.

  27. siri says:

    Long before Sandra got married, I had this feeling she’s just feeding an image created for the public, a lot like Clooney does. I don’t think she’s just sweet, and soft at all. And I don’t know if you can have real friendships in Hollywood (I doubt it), but still, if she surrounds herself with people like Handler on a birthday like this- it does say SOMETHING.

  28. Anon says:

    It looks like someone’s PR guru is ill-advising these women. It is the mean-girl clique disguised as the Sweethearts all friends with the talk show gal, who might be getting them air time on an possible up and coming show. Idk, just turns me off. I feel like Sandy is being used, maybe not. I feel sorry for Louis, having his mother friends with a racist that verbally attacks woman and children.

    Oh, the things Angelina could tell us ……she’s the one empowering women. A real woman’s (men and children) friend.

  29. Snap Happy says:

    For all her sh-t talking Chelsea handler is very generous to others professionally. Half of her show involves other comedians showcasing their humor at her round-table. A number of comics have seen their star rise because of connections to her show. She even had a show on after her talk show that featured all her writers and staff people behind the scenes. There was a book published called “Lies Chelsea Handler Told me” that were short stories from her friends and family. She encourages those around her to share some of her limelight.

    She is also the only woman who has successfully taken on the Men’s Club of Late night talk shows. She shouldn’t just be dismissed.

    • TheRealMaya says:

      She may help her employees and other less known comediennes and she may also be the only women to be in the exclusive late night show men’s club.

      However she didn’t get her show because of her comedic talents – she got the show because of her bedroom talents. She herself confessed that she slept with the married with children head of E to get a job as talk show host.

      Plus her show is going downhill and even her new contract with Netflix is only for a couple of episodes and doesn’t air until 2016. Chelsea is disliked by many many people and her popularity is waning. That is way she is latching onto these Hollywood actresses to try and stay relevant.

      I predict that she her show with Netflix will also be cancelled and Chelsea will have no choice but to write a book about her show-business friends and their antics. These women should be real careful because Chelsea will turn on them without hesitation if it can boast her popularity…

  30. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Owing to Handler and her wiley ways, Angelina Jolie will surely not be invited into the B.A.W.P clique.

  31. ann says:

    My A list would be actresses like Kathy Bates, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Angela Bassett, Jessica Lang, Streep, Jolie and many others before I would think of that bunch. Chelsea’s friends are like the girls in high school that sat the “cool table”, but years later you realized that they were’nt cool at all, just snarky, conceited and mean.

  32. anom says:

    out of all these aging actresses, bullock is the only A list. she will be plummeting with the “friends” she associates with.

  33. Leaflet says:

    I hate to say it, but birds of a feather flock together, even if it is “just buisness” relationships. Sandy is no exception. Inside I don’t want to think of Sandra is a men person because of the adoption, but then again, I didn’t think this of Charlize until I read the Tia article. Doesn’t matter to me if others knew Theron was mean, I didn’t, so it was news to me. Also, didn’t know that Sandy’s ex was a Nazi lover. There’s just no way of debating that. :(

  34. joe spider says:

    Only watch CH’s show once, and I wouldn’t rush to watch it again.