Chelsea Handler’s showrunner quits after 3 weeks, will Chelsea get canceled?

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Chelsea Handler’s new talkshow on Netflix, Chelsea, is kind of a snooze. It’s barely been covered in the press and it’s what we’ve seen from her for years, nasally interviews interspersed with racist jokes and references to how much she drinks. There were some funny “inside Netflix” type video segments in the episode I saw, I’ll give her that. The show is said to represent a new direction for Netflix in that it’s their first serial talkshow. Only it’s unclear if Netflix’s original talkshow will be successful. The showrunner just quit after three weeks and word has it that he won’t be replaced.

Only three weeks and nine episodes into its run, executive producer Bill Wolff is leaving Chelsea, Netflix confirmed Friday. The series, which airs three nights a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, will continue with its regular production schedule, and will not find a replacement showrunner for Wolff. Though viewership figures will be kept tightly guarded, the show launched to weak reviews.

“I am excited for Chelsea as she continues to produce her singular vision for a television talk show,” Wolff said in a statement. “My friends at Netflix provide the foremost platform in developing ambitious and compelling creative content.”

Added Handler: “I’m grateful that Bill was part of the pioneering effort to get Netflix’s first talk show off the ground.”

Wolff, a veteran TV producer, was tapped as the showrunner of Chelsea just two days after his departure from ABC’s The View, where he spent a year helping to spearhead a rebrand of the tumultuous talker. Prior to that, Wolff had spent nearly 10 years at MSNBC, where he was an executive producer on cable news programs including The Rachel Maddow Show.

Chelsea marks Netflix’s foray into the talk show sphere, and is the streamer’s second collaboration with Handler following docuseries Chelsea Does, which launched to stronger reviews earlier this year. The streaming service is reportedly paying her $10 million for the cadre of projects. Handler famously parted ways with her former employer, E!, in 2014, after publicly blasting the network. In an interview on The Howard Stern Show, she said, “E! has just become a sad, sad place to live. They don’t know what they’re doing, they have no ideas … everything they do just is a failure.”

[From Hollywood Reporter]

I didn’t know that last bit about how Chelsea trashed E! on Howard Stern a couple of years ago. They’re printing Kardashian money over at E! and they have new scripted series which are doing well. It’s not true that everything that E! does is a failure, but of course Chelsea is just talking about her own exit and it’s sour grapes despite the millions they paid her.

In terms of the showrunner leaving, did this guy see the writing on the wall and/or was Chelsea a pain in the ass to work for? Probably a little of both. We’ve heard that Chelsea can be extremely difficult to work with, and I bet it’s scary to clash with her. She has her own ideas about what’s funny, which don’t always jibe with the majority. Again, the blogs are barely talking about her (this is an exception, but it’s a holiday) so while Netflix doesn’t release viewer numbers I would bet ratings are low. At least she had the sense to put her dog on the show. More talkshows should have pets to interact with guests.

Chelsea was on The Late Late Show along with Peter Krause a couple of weeks ago and I included some photos of him because I love him. He has that new show The Catch on ABC. Photos credit:

Chelsea Handler and Peter Krause  during an appearance on CBS's 'The Late Late Show with James Corden.'

Chelsea Handler and Peter Krause  during an appearance on CBS's 'The Late Late Show with James Corden.'

Chelsea Handler and Peter Krause  during an appearance on CBS's 'The Late Late Show with James Corden.'

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  1. BlueSky says:

    I think she believes because she dates black guys that somehow makes her not racist. Newsflash: you can have racist views and still date people outside of your race. I saw the first episode where she told Chadwick Boseman that she dates black guys, and he didn’t look to comfortable when she said that He had this look like “what do I say to that?” She does like to talk about drinking a lot like she is trying to impress the guys on her show. I don’t find her funny at all. I don’t understand why some female comedians feel they need to resort to bathroom humor.

    • Diana says:

      She’s the worst. Incredibly unfunny and if you look her up online she doesn’t even sound like a nice person. For the life of me I can’t understand how Sandra Bullock is friends with her.

    • Cran says:

      Whenever I hear the phrase ‘I date black guys’ I always think no you don’t. Most times my impression is that you sleep with black men. You date people because you want to know them better. If it is primarily sexual or not it’s about attraction. If you are primarily attracted to a particular race fine. Constantly saying ‘I date black guys’ is racist not hip or cool. You look a fool. I’ve dated white men but never felt the need to point that out. Their whiteness does not give me style points.

  2. Real denisemich says:

    Maybe the issue is Bill

  3. Pinky says:

    That was a subtle little burn Wolfe left on her–remarking that she’s got a “singular” vision. Yeah, this departure was not on good terms and the fact that they’re not replacing the showrunner sounds to me like they’re burring out her contract, not going to put anymore money into production, and hoping people forget this show ever existed because they intend to cancel it as soon as contractually possible.


  4. InvaderTak says:

    Can we cancel her as a celebrity? She is the worst.

  5. Syd says:

    Hard to deal with and lacking relevancy- I don’t know but it seems at some point bitter people have run their course and aren’t funny any longer.

  6. lisa2 says:

    “I am excited for Chelsea as she continues to produce her singular vision for a television talk show,” Wolff said in a statement.
    This sounds like she won’t listen to anyone. That she won’t take suggestions. She claims to be the savior of Nexflix. Didn’t know they needed saving. I can’t stand her. And have no desire to support her show. When she first started on E I watched the show to support a woman having her own show. I did the the same for Kathy Griffin. Thing is Chelsea talked about tabloid stories as if they were true. Then she kissed ass to her “famous friends” then made sure to say how the stories about her and her friends are lies. She had a panel of people on her show that were funny. She thought that made her funny. WRONG. I hope this show fails big time. Looks like that is going to be the case.

  7. Cee says:

    Cancel her please!

  8. AnnieRUOk says:

    Why am I awake this early on memorial day (usa) and reading about Chelsea? I just lost 5 minutes of my holiday so… Bye!

    • Brittney says:

      Thanks for the wakeup call; I needed that! I could be sleeping in (or virtually anything else) and I’m doing THIS?

      That said… his “singular vision” comment sure is telling. Okay, back to my regularly scheduled Chelsea-free holiday…

  9. Clare says:

    Cancel cancel cancel. The is a vile bitter racist twat who need to just go away!

  10. Jayna says:

    I’ve always liked Chelsea’s interviews I’ve seen a couple of them on her new show, Netflix, and I enjoyed them. I’ve just never been a consistent viewer of her shows, but when I do, I’ve liked the interviews.

  11. EM says:

    I don’t understand her appeal. How did she come to have her own show?

  12. Lucky says:

    surprised at how badly Netflix missed the mark hiring her. Maybe they knew it would fail but thought it would be good publicity overall. Good talk show hosts are hard to find. I just always have this empty feeling watching Chelsea Handler. And she isn’t witty, as much as she says harsh and nasty things which read as funny to E? At least she’s trying to clean up her act with those documentaries that seem to be more about elevating her “intellectual” bonafides. Netflix needs to rethink hiring whoever thought to hire Handler. Dig deeper.

    • Brittney says:

      This is the same company that is trying to make Adam Sandler happen again… after setting the bar so high and changing the game, they fell into the same old stupid greedy trap that TV networks do: appeal to the lowest common denominator.

      It’s sad.

      • Lucky says:

        You’re right. Though someone whose opinion I respect remarked on Facebook that the Sandler Spade thing on Netflix is good. I don’t know if I can though, for similar reason as to why I can’t with Handler or Ashton Kutcher. I am already hungry for another season of House of Cards. Love Robin Wright. Wish they would do long form interviews with her and other Netflix actors. Host online fan communities etc. that would be one way to expand their model. I did watch Fuller House and I hate to admit I lurved it.

  13. sofie says:

    I’m sure she will slam Angelina again when she gets bad press. This woman has no talent. Do not understand her appeal.

    • PandaCookie says:

      Re the Angelina thing–I was surprised to see her so close to Gwen Stafani who was supposedly super close with Angelina. Wonder about those conversations…

  14. PandaCookie says:

    I can’t believe I’m saying this because I’ve never been a fan of hers, but I like the show. Agree the dog being there is wonderful. It’s laid back and relaxed with no annoying sidekicks. I like it. and it actually makes me laugh.

  15. Funcakes says:

    So this is why she spent most of her time last year running around naked?
    Time for her to scream about Angelina Jolie to get attention.

  16. Bellagio says:

    The show is cringeworthy. Let me rephrase that, the concept in itself could work if Netflix hired a competent host. Chelsea is just mean. Mean can work in comedy if it is funny, but her mean is just insulting and awkward. Guests don’t feel at ease, she has no interview skills and it is basically a recipe for disaster. She should watch some Graham Norton episodes and learn from a master. She did this series on Netflix called “Chelsea does” and it worked for her. Editing is her friend in this case. I perused through some reviews on Netflix and it seems that about 90% of reviewers rated her show with one star out of 5, so basically like every job that has a probation period; she is simply not qualified for the job. That’s all!

    • The thing on Trump's head says:

      There is Joan Rivers mean-funny, then there is Chealsea just being a bitch….

  17. neelyo says:

    I’d love it if they fired her and kept the dog.

  18. Amanda G says:

    I thought her Chelsea Does series was better than the talk show. She’s not interesting, charming or funny enough to be a host.

  19. Daws says:

    I used to be a fan but then her nastiness became unbearable. She just seems like a toxic person.

  20. TotallyBiased says:

    One can only hope.

  21. Silvie says:

    Unrelated to Chelsea: Peter Krause is h-o-t and I’ve been enjoying The Catch. It’s sexy.

    • Beckysuz says:

      I totally agree and I really like ” The Catch” too! It’s different and fun

  22. Maggi says:

    Chelsea is caustic ,not funny. Her “comedy” is based in insulting people,countries she visits and their customs.
    At some point ,she said she was sick and tired of interviewing celebrities and wanted to be taken more serious …and what does she do next?. Taken photos of her naked…
    And also,she’s been pulling that “drunk girl” image long enough that now it is just sad and pathetic.