Chelsea Handler said that she was ending the series to focus on political activism, travel the country and work on a new Netflix documentary project.
The comedian citing Trump’s presidency as a prime motivating factor.
“Like so many across the country, the past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me,” Handler wrote in a statement on Twitter. “From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation.”
She will speak at colleges across the country to get “a better understanding of our political divide.” She also “joined forces” with Emily’s List, an abortion rights women’s political action committee and she’ll campaign “for candidates who are fighting for women’s rights.”
Her Netflix series was an unusual tactic for the streaming service, which tends to release its shows in binge-able, season-long bursts.
In its first season, three episodes of “Chelsea” were released each week; in its second season, the show was down to one episode a week.
According to one critic, her show was troubled from the beginning and never really had a chance to recovered.
- “The show is struggling to draw a sizable social media following, doesn’t generate much entertainment coverage, and hasn’t had a newsworthy interview in its three months on the air.”
- “New episodes, which appear every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, have an air of timeliness but seem walled off from the daily news cycle because you know that the episode you’re watching was taped at least a day ago — they post at midnight — and maybe longer.”
- “The scale of the set makes the show cold and impersonal. There are more sitting areas than on Downton Abbey, and Handler always seems like she’s incredibly far away from her guests.”
- “The most effective recurring segment is when Handler has dinner with three or four other people, a set-up that she used frequently in the much better Chelsea Does series of four topical documentaries. … Handler is a better improvisational wit than she is an interviewer, and the dinner segments in both Chelsea Does and Chelsea benefit from the intimate setting.”
Decider Online Writer
Netflix is continuing to develop other talk shows and announced in August that it would show a new series hosted by David Letterman, the longtime NBC and CBS late-night star, planned for next year.