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Chelsea Handler heading to Netflix with talk show

Chelsea Handler heading to Netflix with talk show

TAKING HER TALENTS TO NETFLIX: Chelsea Handler's Netflix talk show debuts in 2016. Photo: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix is expanding its empire of original content with a talk show to be hosted by Chelsea Handler.

The online TV network said Thursday that the outspoken comedian’s new show will begin in early 2016. It will update the format of her current E! talk show, “Chelsea Lately,” but retain the comedic focus on entertainment and cultural issues. No other details were provided.

Handler will end the seven-year run of “Chelsea Lately” on Aug. 26.

The Netflix deal with Handler begins with a standup performance premiering on Oct. 10. She will also create four specials debuting in 2015.

Handler’s announced departure from E! had earlier sparked speculation that she might find a late-night home on a broadcast network.

Netflix has already scored with original scripted series including “House of Cards.”

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