'Chelsea Lately' to end when Chelsea Handler's contract expires -- report
Handler's manager, Irving Azoff, broke the news in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires. She hired me to figure out life after E!," he explains. We have at least seven suitors and many ideas."
E! has not yet given any indication for what it wants to do with its late-night show, giving only a brief statement about Handler's contract: "Chelsea has nine months left on her contract and E! will not comment on the future of 'Chelsea Lately' at this time
A best-selling author on a worldwide tour to promote "Uganda Be Kidding Me" and soon to have a stand-up special for cable, Handler is in a decent position to negotiate her future. Despite this, late-night shows are a tough venue, and "Chelsea Lately" has had only an average of 572,000 viewers over the past season. Her appeal to prospective venues lies in both her humor and in her attractiveness to female audiences.
This is not the first sign that Handler is frustrated with her job at E!. Earlier in March, she was a guest on Howard Stern's radio program and declared that "They don't know what they're doing. They have no ideas. It's a failure."
Whatever her future on TV, it doesn't look like Handler will be sticking around on E!.