Chelsea Handler is killing it in late-night right now, so it’s just a matter of time before she’s gets offered a huge network deal. Does that mean she’ll be ousting one of the fixtures in the late-night talk show world like Leno or Letterman? Maybe!
In a new interview with Glamour, Chelsea opens up to Katie Couric about what’s next in her career, and how she got to be the way she is.
Chelsea always finds a way to poke fun at the E! network, which is the channel her show is on. But when asked if she could see herself taking over for Jay Leno or David Letterman, she said, “I definitely want to move on and do something bigger, expand my horizons. Talking about celebrity every day can just fry your brain. I want to be able to talk about politics, I want to be able to talk about sports, I want to be able to talk about life paths, not just celebrity driven.”
“When my contract’s up at E!, I’m going to figure out all the options and see if anybody still wants to give me a job.”
I’m sure everyone in town will knocking on her door when that day comes! Fact is, Chelsea has the balls to say what we’re all thinking, like earlier this week with Angelina Jolie.
“Yeah, I’m not a fan,” Handler told Couric. “She just doesn’t come off to me as a sincere woman. She seems like a woman that you’d really want to avoid.”
Chelsea backed that statement up with this: “Jennifer Aniston makes me laugh. She’s irreverent and hilarious, and she sends me really, really funny e-mails.”
So how’d Chelsea get so damn funny? She was born that way, it seems.
“Well, as a child, I didn’t necessarily know if I was funny or not,” explained Chelsea.
“I sure thought I was, and my family was really funny, so together nobody really stood out as being particularly funny because we all just kind of got a kick out of each other.
“And I got in trouble in school a lot, so whatever I thought was funny wasn’t being interpreted that way at school. And that’s when I was like, Wow, maybe I’m just really annoying.”
She continued, “That’s how I got attention, when I stood up and wouldn’t let anybody tell me to sit down. That was how people started to pay attention. Because when you’re the youngest of six kids, you want the attention. You want all of it.
“And then my brother died, and my whole family was just so enveloped in that, I was kind of left in the dust. Those years, from nine to about 16 or 17, were pretty difficult because I was really struggling to be heard. I definitely had some anger issues, and I was very rebellious and had very little respect for anything or anybody.”
Well, she’s certainly channeled all that rage into something very productive! Chelsea has really blown up this year, and I only see her career going up from here!