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How Chelsea Handler Became Famous

Where Did Chelsea Handler Come From?

In somewhat of a puff piece, the Sunday's New York Times asks what makes the delightfully offensive Chelsea Handler resonate with women and men? With a late-night show on E!, Chelsea Lately, that has a rabid though modest viewership of 900,000 per night and three best-selling books, she's obviously doing something right.

It's easy to attribute her success to being a woman in the male-dominated world of late-night TV, but Robert Morton, a former producer of Late Night With David Letterman, floats another, less patronizing, theory. “Chelsea represents what the culture demands of a successful talk-show host: you have to bare it all," he says. "You know about her friends, you know about her sex life.”

I believe that's what people under 35 call "oversharing." And while she probably is sharing just the right amount of too much for today's milieu, we know oversharing alone doesn't get anyone very far for very long. Maybe she's just funny and found an opportunity (the president of Comcast Entertainment, who later became her boyfriend, saw her on Girls Behaving Badly and told his staff to bring her to him), took it, and did something with it.


Her schedule is now so full with putting on a daily show, talking to the press (check out our Chelsea Handler interview), going on comedy and book tours, and — somewhere in there — writing those books that the question is shifting from "how is she successful?" to "how could she not be?"

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inlove23 inlove23 7 years
To tlsgirl: Me too!! I read My horizontal life. It had me at hello =)
twk601 twk601 7 years
I love Chelsea!!!!!!
chillchic chillchic 7 years
@ HoneyBrown, she wasn't always heavy on the ethnic humor. I remember when the show first came out, I watched it every night. I started watching less as her jokes got a little more offensive. Now I don't watch at all. I still have a lot of respect for her though.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I had never heard about her until last year when my friend and I came home late after the club and he went to his dvr list to find something to watch and I saw a whole page of Chelsey Lately. What I love about her show is it's like a bunch of friends sitting around having a meal shooting the bull and making each other laugh. It's natural and it flows that's why it works IMO.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
I luv her. I miss her show! I need my cable back :cry:
franceslopez franceslopez 7 years
Not very keen on her sense of humour, but that interview of her mocking Justin Bieber is high-larious.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
I like her until she does racial jokes, which she does for a cheap laugh. She needs to stop those.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I love Chelsea Handler because she isn't afraid to tell it like it is. There's a lot of celebrities that just annoy the freakin piss outta me, but she's not scared to let them know how stupid they can be.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Seriously runningesq. I'm sick of having to report every other comment. Maybe do a captcha for anon comments to at least ensure it's a human being. Anyway, um, I love Chelsea. Her books totally crack me up every time. Like, can't read them in public crack me up.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Sugar, please do something about all the spam that has been rampant on the Sugar Network lately !!
Miss-Infamous Miss-Infamous 7 years
I like CHelsea I used to watch her way back in the day before she had her own show
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