On Oct. 18, Chelsea Handler announced on social media that she had quit her weekly Netflix show, Chelsea, after just two seasons in order to focus on political activism. “My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way,” she wrote. “I want to travel the country and visit areas and people I don’t know enough about, speak at colleges and listen to students, and gain a better understanding of our political divide.”
But it turns out that’s not the entire story. “Chelsea’s show never gained any momentum,” a source exclusively tells In Touch. “For Chelsea to say she had this sudden revelation to walk away from her talk show to become a more engaged citizen and to focus on social issues that are important to her is absurd.”
The insider adds, “What really happened is that Netflix was about to announce that Chelsea’s show was about to be canceled, but she beat them to the punch. She was making huge money, the show cost Netflix a fortune, and it was among the lowest-watched streaming original content on Netflix.”
Chelsea’s attitude on set only made things worse. “She was a pain from day one. Among the chief complaints was her dog, Chunk. Chunk was allowed to walk around on set during tapings, without being on a leach, and was known to get aggressive,” says the source, explaining that it got so bad that someone from Netflix was dispatched to ask Chelsea, 42, to keep Chunk in a crate, or in her dressing room.
“Instead of just agreeing to do it, Chelsea cussed out the poor staffer and said Chunk was smarter than anyone else at the company.” Adds the source, “Working with Chelsea was a nightmare.”
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