Looks like "E!" stands for exit when Chelsea Handler wraps up her talk show at the end of this year when her contract expires, acccording to the Hollywood Reporter.
After eight seasons of 'Chelsea Lately' on E!, the comedian is looking to move on. In the exclusive interview, Handler's manager, Irving Azoff, tells the THR, "Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires. She hired me to figure out her life after E! We have at least seven suitors and many ideas."
Among those ideas include a radio "presence" and possibly another talk show on a different network or digital service. Apparently Handler's reps have been scheduling meetings with companies, including Sony Television and Lionsgate, as well as FX, to discuss her future.
True to her nature, Handler hasn't been shy about her frustration with E! During an interview on March 5 with Howard Stern, Handler said that the network was a "sad, sad place to live...They don't know what they're doing. They have no ideas. It’s a failure.”
Earlier this month, she further indicated she might be done with her talk show when she told USA Today, "I don't know if I want to be talking about Justin Bieber when I'm 40." But who could blame her for that, right?
Her brashness might not work in her favor though, as one source told THR that her public remarks might make other networks think twice before taking her on. "When you see talent go after a network like that, you think one day it could be me," the person said.
Handler, whose latest book, 'Uganda be Kidding Me,' sits at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list, is in the midst of a tour in 30 markets, and will tape her first stand-up comedy special in June.