Chelsea Handler will end her late night show Chelsea on Netflix so she can focus more on political engagement and activism.
Handler explained her thinking in a note on Twitter and Facebook. “I’ve decided not to return for another season of Chelsea, and instead devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me,” she wrote, adding that she aims to "participate in a more meaningful way."
Episodes of Chelsea will stream weekly through the end of the year. It launched in May 2016, with three episodes a week. The second season started in April 2017.
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Handler said the presidential election “and the countless events that have unfolded since” have galvanized her. “It’s clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation,” she said.
Handler will work with Netflix on a documentary that will see her “engage with people I don’t talk with enough—people of different ethnicities, religions and political philosophies.” She has produced documentaries for Netflix in the past, under the title Chelsea Does.