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Chelsea Handler in Talks with Netflix for Show

Latenight comedienne Chelsea Handler may be leaving her perch on cable TV to bring a show to Netflix.

Handler has reached a deal with the subscription-video service, with the format yet to be determined, the New York Post reported. A source familiar with the talks corroborated the Post story, and said that Handler’s pact with Netflix is a “done deal.” Another source, however, cautioned that as of last week the talks were early and that nothing official had been signed.

Reps for Handler and Netflix declined to comment. Handler is repped by CAA and managed by Azoff MSG Entertainment.

Handler is in the last year of her contract with NBCUniversal’s E! for her show, “Chelsea Lately,” which is slated to run on the cabler until the end of the year, and she has expressed a desire to leave the network. E! has declined to comment.

Handler, speaking on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show in March, said that after she leaves E! she would be interested in coming to an outlet like Netflix.

It’s not clear if the Netflix deal would cover a scripted or unscripted comedy. But it seems unlikely Handler would reprise the talkshow format for the subscription VOD service, which has focused on TV series that are released in one big, bingeable batch.

Netflix, for its part, is ramping up its comedy slate after initially staking its claim in dramas like “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.” Last month, the company signed a deal for half-hour comedy series “Grace and Frankie” starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

Other Netflix series in the comedy genre include Ricky Gervais’ comedy-drama “Derek,” which returns for a second season May 30, and has acquired comedy specials from Aziz Ansari and Russell Peters.

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