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It's Official: Chelsea Handler's Late-Night E! Show Will End in August

Date May 28, 2014

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler has made no secret about her desire to leave E! and now the network has made it official.

Chelsea Lately will wrap its seven-year run with a live series finale on Aug. 26, the network announced Wednesday. The finale will cap a month-long celebration that will include special episodes and surprise guests.

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"We are very proud of Chelsea Lately's long-running success and the unique space that the series carved out in late-night television," E! President Suzanne Kolb said in a statement.  "Chelsea brought a distinct voice to late night with her acerbic wit and fearless commentary and we look forward to providing fans with a memorable send-off that lives up to that tradition. Most of all, we are grateful to the Chelsea Lately team for making this show so special for seven years."

Added Handler: "I myself am more surprised than anyone that I was able to hold down a job for seven years, and it was a fantastic seven years. I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I'm glad I went."

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Over the years, Chelsea Lately has spawned two other E! programs: After Lately, chronicling the behind-the-scenes antics at Chelsea Lately, and Hello Ross, which is currently in the middle of its second season.

Handler's manager first revealed in March that the stand-up comedian and best-selling author planned to leave E! at the end of her current contract, which expires this fall. Not long after, Handler tweeted a photo of a CBS handbook in her lap. However, she most recently told  Ellen DeGeneres, "I would never be on a regular network. ... I would never do that to my fans or to myself or to the network."

Chelsea Lately airs weeknights at 11/10c on E! Will you miss the show? Where do you want to see Handler end up?

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