Netflix is known for creating different flavors of TV in just about any genre imaginable, and it perhaps unexpectedly entered into the "late night" talk show realm with Chelsea, putting comedian and veteran host Chelsea Handler center stage to bring topical conversations to the streaming giant's library. But it looks like that's already coming to a close, as Handler herself has decided to end Chelsea after two seasons, with Season 3 no longer a prospect for Netflix.
While there are myriad reasons why one might choose to depart a TV show that likely wouldn't have gotten deliberately cancelled by the outlet producing it, Chelsea Handler is calling it quits with Chelsea over a dissatisfaction with a lot of recent events in the U.S., with most of them falling under the political umbrella. Not the most unexpected reasoning, considering Handler's point of view on a lot of different issues, and she says that Netflix is supportive of her decision.
Chelsea Handler made the big announcement herself on social media, where it's noted that she definitely isn't done working with Netflix, just the Chelsea series itself. And she's not even done with the show just yet, as there are still quite a few Season 2 episodes left to air throughout the rest of 2017. Handler will be working with Netflix on a documentary that will see her engaging in conversations with people of all races, religions and political ideologies. You can check out the full post below.
While Netflix has long been known to keep its viewership and ratings statistics under lock and key, Chelsea reportedly wasn't exactly bringing in the kind of numbers that other popular streaming series get, and the critics weren't exactly in love with the show when it first came out. The initial problems were made fairly clear whenever the show had to change showrunners, and eventually switched up its format between Season 1 and Season 2. Previously, Chelsea put out half-hour episodes that were released three times a week, but then things switched to an hour-long format with episodes being released once a week. And that's how it'll go out.
Considering the excellent guests Handler usually brings to the Netflix series -- in the past month or so, she's had everyone from Kevin Hart to Billie Jean King to Jackie Chan to Reggie Bush to Broad City's Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson -- we're definitely looking forward to some magnificent people showing up to send the show off gracefully. Here's hoping Chelsea Handler continues doing the kind of things that keep her mentally sated.