The New York Post is reporting that Chelsea Handler—whose acrimonious split with E! has been well-documented—is close to a deal with Netflix that will bring the comedian to the streaming platform in an as-yet-to-be-determined format.
For true Chelsea loyalists, this news may not actually be all that shocking; just a few weeks ago, she went on Howard Stern’s show and, after badmouthing E!, suggested that one place she might like to work is Netflix. Coincidence? We don’t believe in coincidence.
This would be a very interesting (and precedent-setting) move for Netflix as they look to expand their content offerings. Getting into live/almost-live programming would certainly represent a departure from their current model that emphasizes binge watching pre-recorded shows, but they have already shown an interest in diversifying their offerings as demonstrated by last week’s announcement that they are adding Spanish-language shows to their lineup.
While Handler has yet to comment on the story, we’re willing to bet this won’t make her bosses at E! very happy. Although her deal with E! runs through the end of the year, perhaps Chelsea will be available on your computer or console sooner than you think.