One day after releasing a handwritten letter to herself, which divulged details on her upcoming Netflix talk show, Chelsea Handler had a Periscope Q&A with her fans on Thursday morning — and she finally announced the title of her show: “Chelsea.”
“Good morning everybody. Or good evening,” Handler said during the live streaming session, in which she was seated next to Gloria Allred in a press conference-esque setup, though Allred never said a word and there was no explanation for her being there. “I have a few announcements to make and then I will take a few questions and probably a few Vicodin.”
Announcing her show’s title, Handler showed off her signature sarcastic comedic chops, saying: “We thought long and hard about the title for my new Netflix show, and there was a whole team at Netflix who worked on it; we hired a digital department and some small children who work in various countries to help roll this show out, and after two to three long hours, we came up with the name ‘Chelsea.’ That’s it — just ‘Chelsea.’ Not ‘Just Chelsea’ — ‘Chelsea.’ Because that’s my name. I look forward to not thinking my last name is Chelsea Lately because that’s not even a real last name. My name is Chelsea Handler and it’s nice to meet you.”
Handler also shared that the 30-minute series, which marks Netflix’s first-ever talk show, will not be live, though it will incorporate a live studio audience.
“It will be streaming,” she said. “It has to be fed into 190 countries, which prohibits us from going live on Netflix, so we’re going to tape and then they will stream and feed it into every other country and territory that they’re in and then it will come on about probably 12 hours after we tape it.”
As announced yesterday, “Chelsea” will be on three days per week, streaming Wednesday, Thursday and Friday — a schedule that Handler jokes makes her four-day weekend possible. Ninety episodes will air per year.
Handler said her talk show will have similarities to her four-part Netflix documentary series “Chelsea Does” in regards to covering “real topics with a sense of humor.” As for guests, the comedian says to expect much more than pop culture (like her E! series “Chelsea Lately”). She has celebrities, athletes and politicians on her wish list — and yes, she is hoping to get both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Like “Chelsea Does,” which went to Peru, travel will be integrated into the new show. Handler revealed that she just got back from Florida where they filmed election coverage, and the production has also visited Tokyo and Moscow.
Different than her E! late-night vehicle, Handler’s comedic sidekick Chuy will not be on board for the Netflix show. (“Chuy has passed over into Mexico. That’s where he resides full time now.”) The host also expressed that she doesn’t want “Chelsea” to mirror the typical late-night format. “I don’t want it to be like a talk show every night where I come out singing and dancing every night,” she said. “The set’s cool and it’s dark and it’s fun and it’s like being at my house and listening in on a conversation. That’s the vibe I wanted to get and I got it.”
Handler acknowledged that she loves working with Netflix, especially given the global reach. “It makes me able to do stories that are global, and it makes me able to pay attention to the stuff that does interest me in a way that will be able to be disseminated into all these different countries so that’s exciting. That’s really exciting for me,” she explained.
But, when asked what the future of streaming platforms holds, Handler admitted she doesn’t know. She quipped, “I haven’t even figured out exactly what that is yet. I just know that I’m part of it.”