Celebrities who hate Republicans, conservative values, and Donald Trump in particular are falling like flies in Hollywood. The latest casualty is not due to a sex scandal, but rather because viewers have tuned her out.
Netflix announced Wednesday that Chelsea Handler’s weekly talk show is ending after two seasons. Handler herself is claiming that she is ending the show herself to focus on “political activism,” but The Hollywood Reporter and numerous news sources report the show was cancelled for low ratings and poor reviews from viewers.
Streaming services like Netflix get a realistic view of a show’s popularity, as it can measure true viewership through its online platform, unlike traditional ratings services like Nielsen, who rely on a small sampling of all viewers to set ratings.
Handler has long been an outspoken advocate for Planned Parenthood, and has bragged about her satisfaction in having several abortions. Her own website promotes and solicits donations fro the nation’s largest abortion services provider.
With the rise of Donald Trump, Handler became even more politically active, and her show reflected that. The weekly talk show, however, failed to find an audience on Netflix.
The streaming giant has canceled its first talk show after a two-season run. Handler, who made the announcement Wednesday on her social media pages, is expected to focus on activism. Netflix will continue its relationship with Handler, who will partner with the streamer on an original documentary that highlights her perspective on the current political landscape.
“Like so many across the country, 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,” Handler wrote on Twitter. “For these reasons, I’ve decided not to return for another season of Chelsea, and instead devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me. My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way. I want to travel the country and visit areas and people I don’t know enough about, speak at colleges and listen to students, and gain a better understanding of our political divide. I have joined forces with EMILY’s List to elect more women to public office, register people to vote, and campaign for candidates who are fighting for women’s rights.
“I’m excited to share that I will continue my partnership with Netflix, working together on a documentary where I’ll engage with people I don’t talk with enough – people of different ethnicities, religions and political philosophies,” she continued. “Netflix could not be more understanding, and I’m grateful for their continued support. New episodes of Chelsea will continue to stream weekly until the end of this year.”
Netflix’s Chelsea launched in May 2016 to lackluster reviews, airing three nights a week with a running time between 20-40 minutes. Showrunner Bill Wolff (The View) exited three weeks into the series’ run, with Handler noting she would run the show solo going forward. Season two, which had a 30-episode commitment, shifted to a weekly hourlong format that saw Handler venturing outside of the studio with travel to India, Europe, Montana and Washington, D.C., among other locations.
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