Chelsea Handler said goodbye to E! Tuesday night with the finale of her long-running late-night talk show, “Chelsea Lately.” The show ran for seven years after premiering in 2007, but Handler will be moving to Netflix in 2016, where she will host a similarly formatted talk show. Netflix has not announced the schedule, whether it be daily, weekly or monthly. Handler did not make a quiet exit from traditional television though; her special live finale was a star-studded extravaganza.
The episode featured a nude shower fight, a “Chelsea Lately” staple, featuring Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres complained about never having been asked to appear on the show before and accused Handler of being uncomfortable with lesbians. What followed was a hilarious exchange in which Handler both claimed not to know DeGeneres was a lesbian and insisted she was lesbian herself. Fans even got a nude appearance of Handler’s “Chelsea Lately” sidekick, Chuy, at the end of the skit.
The star power did not end there. Handler was then joined on stage by her friends, and 2007 premiere guests, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Anniston and Mary McCormack. The three actresses staged an “intervention” for their friend complete with references to “going to Netflix” as if it were code for rehab. The segment ended with Bullock surprising Handler with one of her old flames, rapper 50 Cent. Handler and 50 Cent briefly dated in 2011, which Bullock said “was the only time she was ever cool.”
The episode also featured a performance of Roy Orbison’s “It’s Over” by Miley Cyrus and a final group send-off performance of “We Are the World,” featuring Alanis Morissette, Gerard Butler, Gwen Stefani, Fergie, Avril Lavigne, Johnny Knoxville, LeAnn Rimes, Leah Remini, Tim Gunn and Kathy Griffin.
If the celebrity support Handler received for her finale is any indication, she should have no problem hosting an A-list Netflix talk show. The new show will be the first of its kind on Netflix. Until the 2016 premiere, fans eager to see Handler back in action will have to be patient.
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