The former talk show host is contemplating a whole new direction for her inevitable TV return inspired by her most recent book.
It has now been nearly a year and a half since Chelsea Handler had a regular gig on television, but the prolific talk show host may be plotting something completely different for her big return.
The fresh idea is inspired by her latest book, "Life Will Be the Death of Me," which was in turn inspired by her recent foray into therapy. Admitting she was at first reluctant to fully embrace the process, Handler now says that therapy absolutely changed the direction of her life.
"I felt like I learned a lot about myself and was like, oh this makes a lot of sense," she told Busy Philipps on "Busy Tonight" Tuesday. "And maybe this can explain why I've been such a bitch or felt like such a bitch or felt so angry for so long."
Calling it a "great door-opener" for her, Handler said that her friends have noticed the difference, and it's even impacted how she perceives dating. Fans of her E! talk show "Chelsea Lately" and Netflix talk show "Chelsea" know she's always had a penchant for older men, but no longer.
"I'm dating now and I'm healthier now. I'm in my 40s now so I'm past the point of marrying the guy that I was gonna divorce," Chelsea said to a big laugh. "So now I feel much more confident in my ability to make a healthy decision."
That decision, and her own age, has kept her from being interested in older men. Instead, she said she'd like to maybe stay within five years of her age, or perhaps even go younger.
"I think younger men are having a moment," Busy said.
"Well, because older white men are out of style," Chelsea joked.
"They've been canceled." Busy agreed.
The key for Chelsea was when she opened herself up to even the most uncomfortable parts of herself. "I went to my therapist and he was like, okay, let's talk about your childhood. I was like, I'd rather not," she said. "He said, I'm sure you would rather not do it, but we need to."
Now, she talks like it's the best thing that ever happened to her, for her mental health and overall quality of life. It was a huge reason she wrote this book, her most intimate and raw of her six bestsellers. And the book may inspire a new direction for her career as well. That and Larry David.
"I will go back to television, I'm just figuring out what I want to do." Chelsea admitted. "I might turn this into a TV show, like a 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.' Like me going to therapy and then getting in a fight with a baby an hour later."
Not gonna lie, we would totally watch that show. Chelsea built her career on being totally blunt and honest in front of audiences. she's always been fearless and powerful and strong, and what could be stronger than being fearless about confronting your own vulnerability?
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