The comedian ripped her former employer repeatedly in an appearance Wednesday at the Code Media conference, where she indicated her interest in taking her act in a more serious direction that she even compared with doing a cooler version of “60 Minutes.”
Handler alternated between waxing rhapsodic about her experience working at Netflix with trashing her time at E!, where she hosted a latenight show for seven years that ended in 2014.
“It’s such a different relationship than with E!; it’s nice to be involved in a show where I do respect their opinions,” she said. “It’s like going out with a guy that you’re proud to be seen with.”
Handler expressed her excitement at being able to break away from the tabloid fodder that she often focused on at E!, joking at one point that she had tired of that content by the second season of her series. Singling out the drama of Bruce Jenner and the Kardashian family, she remarked: “I just don’t want to ever have to see that again. I don’t care. I don’t care about that.”
She was dismissive of the network-TV development experience, rejecting the creative notes of executives whom she labeled as either not being funny or having the correct experience to oversee an entertainment program.
“Network TV is so limiting. There are so many parameters,” she noted.
But one element of network TV that is providing her inspiration for her Netflix project, scheduled for 2016, is “60 Minutes,” though with a distinct twist that she also compared to “The Daily Show” in its focus on current events.
“I would like a healthy mix of everything that goes on around the world,” she said, mentioning Syria and ISIS as potential subjects, “mixed with interesting stuff in our country. The well-roundedness of ’60 Minutes’ but faster, quicker, cooler.”
She envisions the project having a correspondent and not airing five nights a week.
“We don’t have a clear idea of what my talk show is going to be at 2016,” she said. “We’re trying to find a format. I don’t want just my audience that was there at E!; I want to grow up.”