Chelsea Handler is a comedian, actress, writer, TV host, and producer from the United States. From 2007 to 2014, she was the host of the late-night talk show, Chelsea, Lately on the E! network.
In January 2016, she put out a documentary series called Chelsea Does on Netflix. In 2016 and 2017, Handler was the host of the Netflix talk show Chelsea.
In 2012, Handler was one of the 100 most influential people in the world, according to Time’s annual Time 100 list.
Early Years and Education
Chelsea Joy Handler was born in Livingston, New Jersey, on February 25, 1975, as the youngest of six children to homemaker Rita Stoecker and used-car salesman Seymour Handler. Her father was an American Ashkenazi Jew, while her mother was a German Mormon who immigrated to the United States in 1958.
Handler said this about her religious upbringing: “I was raised as both a Jew and a Mormon, but I chose to be a Jew. Mormonism is such a joke. But I could relate to the fact that both parents had different ideas about religion.”
Handler was brought up as a Reform Jew and had a Bat Mitzvah. On the 2013 TLC show Who Do You Think You Are?, she learned that her maternal grandfather served in the German army during World War II. This made her cry.
Her parents had a house on Martha’s Vineyard, so she spent the summers there. She went to Livingston High School, but she didn’t want to be there and didn’t like the “student-teacher-asshole ratio.”
Handler has two sisters and three brothers. Her oldest brother, Chet, was killed while hiking in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming when he was 21 years old. At the time, she was nine years old. She moved from New Jersey to Los Angeles when she was 19.
She lived with her aunt in Bel Air and worked as a waitress to pay for her acting career. At age 21, Handler decided to become a stand-up comedian after telling her drunk driving story to a class of other criminals. They thought it was funny.
Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989 and fought it for more than 15 years until she died in 2006.
Is Chelsea Handler Gay?
No, Chelsea Handler is Not Gay and His Sexual Orientation is Straight. In 2006, Handler started dating Ted Harbert, who used to be the CEO of Comcast and was in charge of E! On January 25, 2010, Handler told her late-night talk show audience that she and Harbert had broken up.
In 2010, Handler, along with Katie Couric, Woody Allen, Charlie Rose, Prince Andrew, and George Stephanopoulos, attended a dinner party hosted by Jeffrey Epstein, an American socialite accused of sex offenses.
Peggy Siegal, a publicist, invited Handler. She mainly pitched it as a chance for him to have dinner with Prince Andrew. Handler later said that Epstein’s party was “just one of those weird nights.”
Chelsea Handler dated 50 Cent for a short time around 2011. On October 3, 2013, Handler announced on her talk show Chelsea Lately that she and hotelier Andre Balazs were no longer together. They had been dating on and off for two years.
Handler and comedian Jo Koy announced their romance via an Instagram post on September 27, 2021. In the end, they broke up.
In 2010, a sex tape of Handler that had been leaked was being sold. When the news got out, Handler on Chelsea Lately revealed that the tape “Was Made as A Joke” over a decade ago, adding, “I placed it on an audition tape for a comedy club since I’m a comedian, and I’ve been showing it at birthday parties for years.”
On her 46th birthday in February 2021, Handler went skiing in Whistler, British Columbia, wearing only her underwear. She posted a picture of herself on social media with a message that said, “It’s important to stay hydrated and calm, and it’s also important to love your body, no matter what age or size it is.”