Chelsea Handler Quits Her Netflix Show, Because She’s Got Activism to Do

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If it can be said that there’s a silver lining about the election of the Trump administration, it’s that it has gotten people for whom politics was a mere afterthought to bring the state of our country and the world front and center in their minds. That’s certainly the effect Trump’s election seems to have had on comedian and host, Chelsea Handler.

Yesterday, Handler took to Twitter to release a statement about the future (or lack thereof) of Chelsea Lately. In short, she’s giving up her show to devote herself to political activism more full-time. Here’s what she wrote:

“Like so many across the country,” Handler says, “the past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me. From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation.” She plans to not return to Netflix for a third season of her show, instead devoting her time to doing more learning and growing in the field of political activism.

Handler hopes to put her focus specifically on women, both in trying to get more women elected to political office, and fighting for gender equality.

This doesn’t mean that she’s severing ties with Netflix completely. As reported by The Huffington Post, “Handler said she plans to travel the country, speaking to people to gain ‘a better understanding of our political divide.’ That concept will form the basis of a documentary for Netflix, and she will retain a relationship with the streaming service. The current season of weekly hour-long Chelsea episodes will continue to stream until the end of 2017.”

This isn’t entirely a surprise, as she’s been increasingly vocal already, both through her show and on social media, about the goings-on in our country. I’ve gotta say, I love when people put their money where their mouths are, and I’m looking forward to seeing how she uses her platform to do more political good.

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