Chelsea Handler Scrapping 'Chelsea Lately' Over 'Clueless' E! Network

Chelsea Handler will not renew her contract with the E! network once it runs out this year, her manager Irving Azoff told the Hollywood Reporter. "Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires," Azoff explained. "She hired me to figure out her life after E! We have at least seven suitors and many ideas."

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It is believed Handler may be heading to another network for another late night show.

"Chelsea has nine months left on her contract and E! will not comment on the future of 'Chelsea Lately' at this time," E! told the Hollywood Reporter.

Handler has been vocal about her dissatisfaction with her current network, telling Howard Stern on his radio show, "They don't know what they're doing" she said, adding, "They have no ideas. It's a failure."

E! conducted pretty intense renegotiations with Handler last time around, which resulted in a $25 million two-year extension. Her previous renewal was one of E!'s first deals after the network because part of NBCUniversal at the beginning of 2011. Chelsea Lately moved into a bigger space shortly after - taking over Studio 1 at Universal.

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Handler is a pretty challenging host for networks. She's outspoken, brash and racy, though with the right home, her brand of comedy could work pretty well. She's already suggested Netflix as a potential new home should she leave E!, though FX might prove more realistic, especially since the cancellation of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. 

After officially becoming her rep in October, Azoff said of Handler, "She is an original and there's no one else like her in comedy and on television.  She can be a total bitch, but I've dealt with a lot of those before.  Chelsea is damn good at what she does and has an undeniably strong brand.  She and the guys have exciting ideas for the future of her career and production company."

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