Chelsea Handler on Netflix: ‘This platform is [an] excuse to be less stupid’

Netflix's Rebels and Rule Breakers Luncheon and panel celebrating the women of Netflix
These are photos from a luncheon held on Saturday called “Netflix’s Rebels and Rule Breakers Luncheon and Panel Celebrating The Women of Netflix” which is a great idea. I appreciate how Netflix has so many shows starring women like Orange is the New Black, Frankie and Grace and Jessica Jones and how they’re giving more opportunities to female show runners and directors. (They’re also starting to get some competition from Hulu’s original series like The Mindy Project, The Path and 11.22.63. I hope Hulu takes note and moves toward more shows starring and run by women.)

The women on the panel gave some good quotes about working with Netflix and about the opportunities they’ve been given. Jane Fonda was rather open about how tough it was for her to go back to working on an episodic series. She admitted “It was really hard for me the first season. I kind of fell apart. So I went back into therapy, and I got an acting coach.” Jane gives zero f-ks and she will tell you her issues. I like that about her. Chelsea Handler, on the other hand, gave some general quotes blowing smoke which do not jibe with the reality of her actual show on Netflix.

[Laura] Prepon, who stars as Alex Vause on [OITNB], praised [Jenji] Kohan for her gutsy approach to storytelling.

“She writes with balls! When Taylor and I have scenes that are intimate Jenji always says it’s not going to be gratuitous,” she said. “The writing is just awesome and we go there!”

Handler also spoke about the network’s groundbreaking content being an attractive move for her in her career. She revealed why this year was the right time for her to transition to the streaming service with “Chelsea Does.”

“This platform is the perfect excuse to be more mindful, to get information while being fun, to being less stupid,” she said. Handler later mentioned that her new show isn’t following the traditional “talk show” format and reminded the audience to “be authentic to who you are and be passionate…”

“Making a Murderer” creators Ricciardi and Demos shared that they had confidence in their material before their popular series made waves online. Ricciardi praised Netflix for the distribution method and the timing of the release, but also for always looking for new material.

“They’re always looking to do new things that equals female filmmakers and creators,” she said.

Netflix wrapped up the discussion by confirming that it will continue to strive for great content that is reflective of diversity and fosters creative minds.

“We place a lot of faith in freedom, in Kohan and Rosenberg, and it’s a real testament to their talent. We want to provide diverse programming, as diverse and eclectic as our audience is,” said Cindy Holland, VP of original content at Netflix.

But most importantly her advice for women in the industry is: “Don’t take ‘No’ for an answer. Follow your interests and keep after it.”

[From Variety]

Chelsea is just happy to have a job, she’s not being more mindful, it’s just more of the same from her except she can swear now and reference drug use more openly than was allowed on E!

In terms of the fashion, Chelsea wore a striped shirt with a pencil skirt featuring wide sheer stripes. The top and skirt do not go together.

Netflix's Rebels And Rule Breakers Luncheon And Panel Celebrating The Women Of Netflix

Jane Fonda rocked a floral embroidered Zuhair Murad tuxedo like a boss. This might look fug on another woman, but somehow Jane owns it.

Netflix's Rebels And Rule Breakers Luncheon And Panel Celebrating The Women Of Netflix

Krysten Ritter was so pretty in a deep v-neck short sleeve dress with buttons down the front. I actually have a similar dress to this, it’s vintage. (aka from Goodwill.) Something negative: those nude heels.

Netflix's Rebels And Rule Breakers Luncheon And Panel Celebrating The Women Of Netflix

This is Lena Waithe, she’s on Master of None. The second season is not coming until 2017, but if you haven’t seen this show yet don’t wait to watch it, it’s incredible and will make you laugh so hard.

Netflix's Rebels And Rule Breakers Luncheon And Panel Celebrating The Women Of Netflix

Here’s Jenji Kohan, the creator of Orange is the New Black and Weeds, with Gabrielle Carteris (She’s not on Netflix but she’s the president of the actor’s union, SAG-AFTRA) and also Laura Prepon. Those shoes on Laura look like old timey slippers.

Netflix's Rebels and Rule Breakers Luncheon and Panel Celebrating The Women of Netflix

Netflix's Rebels And Rule Breakers Luncheon And Panel Celebrating The Women Of Netflix

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  1. RandomGirl says:

    Dear Laura, please stop messing with your face.

    • tegteg says:

      I thought Laura looked good here, I just wish she’d go back to being a redhead or blonde! Those dark brows look so harsh on her.

  2. tegteg says:

    Chelsea looks like she is in physical pain when she smiles… time to lay off that ‘tox, girl! Love her skirt, hate the overall look. I lurveee Krysten Ritter. I wish Don’t Trust the B hadn’t been cancelled 🙁

  3. Marty says:

    “…to be less stupid” No, sorry Chelsea you’re at the same level you’ve always been.

    • lisa2 says:

      Thank you.. was thinking the same thing.

    • ladysussex says:

      Yes, I’m really surprised this new show is much worse than her E! show. I think Chelsea had everyone else on her panel to converse with, as well as insult and make fun of (she was really mean to the other comedians) so she came off as more witty, I think. But on her own she’s just not smart or funny.

  4. Evie says:

    No surprises Andria Zuckerman is president!!

    • Esmom says:

      Lol. Seeing her was a blast from the past, I had no idea when was still active in the industry.

  5. toni says:

    I thought you’d post that dinner interview Handler did with the cast of Captain America Civil War that turned into a total mess when Handler and a minor character from the movie Frank Grillo were competing who will be more offensive, sexist and racist. Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan and Emily Van Camp looked so pained to sit through. Handler was so out of line.

    • Marty says:

      I only watched some clips but it was so cringe worthy.

    • Ripley says:

      Thank you! I watched it randomly last night and it was awful. And I actually like Chelsea from her old show. Brutal..

  6. The Original Mia says:

    Less stupid…puhleeze. Saw gifs of her sit down with the Captain America cast and it was cringe worthy. Her defense of Hollywood’s pay inequality was absolutely the worst and I’m surprised Emily Van Camp didn’t punch her in her mouth.

  7. Esmom says:

    It’s pretty amazing how Netflix has evolved. It’s really impressive. Seems like it wasn’t all that long ago that they just delivered DVDs through the mail. They have made some incredibly smart decisions.

  8. Anon says:

    LOVE Grace & Frankie!

  9. Irene says:

    I watched that episode of her having dinner with the cast of Captain America… how does this woman have an audience? She’s a bully! She’s offensive! And she’s NOT FUNNY. That’s like the number one requirement for a comedian, right? Being funny?

    Also, that Frank Grillo dude is a disaster.

  10. KiddVicious says:

    OMG, I want Jane’s outfit!

    Good to see Gabrielle Carteris. I forgot she was the president of SAG. I was scrolling down quickly and first thought she was Amy Sedaris .

    Krysten’s dress is perfect.

  11. Starkiller says:

    This is a little off-topic (and this thread is a day old so I doubt anyone will respond) but it’s mentioned in the article and reminded me: has anyone watched 11.22.63? I absolutely adored the novel and I’d like to watch it but I can’t really stomach James Franco. I’m curious if it’s good enough that it would be worth popping a Zofran and getting on with it.