Chelsea Handler Claims Alma Mater Won't Induct Her into Hall of Fame After Discussing Her Abortions

Livingston High School in New Jersey told PEOPLE in a statement that the reason Handler has not been inducted is an issue of timing

Chelsea Handler is speaking out.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night, the 47-year-old comedian discussed her experience with abortion following the Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Handler opened up on her first night of filling in for Jimmy Kimmel on his late-night show, which will continue through the week.

During her opening remarks, Handler said she had three abortions while in high school. The following night, the star shared how her New Jersey alma mater allegedly feels about her talking about the topic.

"I recently found out that my high school in New Jersey, Livingston High School, is refusing to induct me into their alumni hall of fame," she began, noting that fellow alums Jason Alexander and Chris Christie had both been inducted.

"Apparently, the school is upset about how much I talk about my abortions, so I've decided to start a grassroots campaign," she continued. "You should donate to Planned Parenthood, and then march, and then vote, but after you're done with that, go online and tweet a message to the school district for my alma mater @LivSchools. Let them know how you feel about this gross injustice and use the hashtag #Hall4Handler."

"Have fun with it. Make me proud," Handler concluded. "Livingston High, the hall is in your court."

Guest host Chelsea Handler
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Livingston Public Schools refuted Handler's claim in a statement made to PEOPLE.

"Ms. Handler's statements regarding Livingston Public Schools refusing to induct her into Livingston High School's Hall of Fame are false," the statement read.

The statement continued, "We are saddened that Ms. Handler would use her platform to amplify a political message at the expense of our school community."

The statement explained that Handler's camp reached out to them in February asking about how she could be included in the hall of fame (which is managed by the Livingston Education Foundation (LEF).)

The statement said that the LEF considered holding a solo induction but decided against it in order to "adhere to an official nomination process for the Hall of Fame."

"Following several email exchanges with Ms. Handler's staff in February/March about how the district could honor her and extended conversations with LEF leaders, the district clearly communicated to her staff that she would be considered by the LEF the next time candidates are reviewed," the statement continued.

In conclusion, the statement read, "The district has reached back out to Ms. Handler's representatives to find out if they can shed some light on the basis for Ms. Handler's false statements. They have not yet responded to our emails."

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Chelsea Handler attends People's Choice Awards. Alberto Rodriguez/E! Entertainment/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty

Monday night was not the first time the former Chelsea Lately host has spoken about the subject. In a 2016 essay for Playboy, Handler shared that she that she had two abortions when she was 16.

"When I got pregnant at the age of 16, getting an abortion wasn't the first idea that popped into my unripened brain," she wrote. Handler said that after her parents took her to Planned Parenthood for the procedure, she felt "relieved."

"I felt parented, ironically, while I was getting an abortion. And when it was over, I was relieved in every possible way," she wrote.

Later that year, she said, she had another abortion after becoming pregnant with the same partner.

"We have 7.3 billion people on this planet," Handler wrote elsewhere in the essay. "Anybody who carefully decides not to become a parent—let alone a bad parent, which is what I would have become—should be applauded for making a smart and sustainable decision."

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