Chelsea Handler on Her New 'Grown Up' Life: I Still Don't Want Kids, But I'm Open to Getting Married

"I thought, 'I want to be proud of myself as a person,' " Handler says in the latest issue of PEOPLE

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After seven seasons hosting her late-night E! talk show, Chelsea Handler was ready to make a change.

“I was smarter than my show and that didn’t feel interesting to me anymore. I thought, ‘I want to be proud of myself as a person,'” Handler says in the latest issue of PEOPLE of deciding to end her tenure as the host of Chelsea Lately in 2014. “I needed to grow up.”

So, Handler found a way to challenge herself.

On Jan. 23, she will launch a four-episode documentary series Chelsea Does, in which she explores the topics of racism, technology, drugs and marriage.

While exploring that final topic, Handler, 40, experienced somewhat of a revelation.

“I never understood why people would want to get married. To me, marriage always encompassed a huge wedding and a huge reception and a commitment lumped together. But I realize now that you can be committed to someone without that commercialization and all that nonsense,” says Handler. “So now I’d get married.”

For more from Handler – including why she took a year-long break from Hollywood – pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

“Now that I’m single and have no viable options,” Handler – who was briefly linked to rapper 50 Cent after her 2010 split from NBC Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert, whom she dated for almost four years – adds with a laugh. But just because Handler is open to the prospect of settling down, that doesn’t mean she sees becoming a mom in her future.

“I’d have to over-correct so much from my parents that I would be a nightmare mother,” says Handler, who credits her tender heart for part of her decision to not have children. “If my niece has a bad day at school, I worry about it for three days. I’d be such a helicopter parent. I’d drive my child crazy!”

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