Chelsea Handler is ending her E! show, “Chelsea Lately,” partly because she’s tired of being part of the celebrity-industrial complex.
“To be quite honest, I don’t really care about Justin Bieber, and I don’t want to talk about him anymore,” Handler tells the MailOnline. “In order to make that happen I had to just stop doing my show.”
Handler is a celebrity in her own right and has a cadre of famous friends, but cracking jokes about the foibles of other celebs, including her network-mates the Kardashians, has worn on her.
“I think if you participate in the celebrity world, then you don’t really have a choice but to be involved in the drama. You end up getting so into the mix that it changes the topics of the day,” she says. “You can sit around and complain about all that s*** and the Kardashians all day, but if you’re participating in it, then what can you do? It really didn’t feel great doing the show, and the only way to sort things out was to extricate myself from the entire situation.”
Handler reiterates that she’s not a candidate to take over “The Late Late Show” on CBS when Craig Ferguson leaves at the end of 2014, but she is working on a new project. “I want to do things differently,” she says. “I want to talk to people who are going to educate me — politicians, medical professionals and people with real human interest stories. I want to talk to people who have changed the course of the world. Inventors, invaders and people who have been doing exciting stuff.”