Chelsea Handler: I 'Was Not Interested' in Taking Over for David Letterman on the 'Late Show'

"That's not an interesting job for me," Chelsea Handler told reporters of hosting the Late Show

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When David Letterman announced he was retiring from the Late Show, there was much speculation that Chelsea Handler might be his lucky replacement – but the comedian actually wasn’t interested in the job.

“I was not interested in going to a network. I was never interested in taking somebody else’s job. That’s not an interesting job for me. I [had already done] something very similar,” the former Chelsea Lately host told reporters at a Television Critics Association panel on Tuesday. “It was never a very serious conversation.”

Since ending her E! talk show last August, Handler has partnered with Netflix and is in the planning stages of putting together a new talk show of sorts that will run “at least two” days a week.

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More immediately, Handler is producing Chelsea Does, a Netflix original film series consisting of four documentary-style projects starring Handler.

“It’s been a really transitional year for me. A lot of changes have happened and to have this come together in a way that I’m so proud of – I don’t know that I’ve ever been able to say that about something that I’ve done before,” Handler said. “I’ve always thought, ‘Oh, that’s funny.’ But I’ve never been like, ‘Wow, that’s amazing.’ “

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