Chelsea Handler heading to Netflix with talk show

FILE - In this May 2, 2013 file photo, Chelsea Handler arrives at "An Unforgettable Evening" benefiting EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund at The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif. Handler has set the date for ending her E! network comedy-talk show. "Chelsea Lately" will come to a close on Aug. 26, the network said Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this May 2, 2013 file photo, Chelsea Handler arrives at "An Unforgettable Evening" benefiting EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund at The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif. Handler has set the date for ending her E! network comedy-talk show. "Chelsea Lately" will come to a close on Aug. 26, the network said Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix is expanding its empire of original content with a talk show to be hosted by Chelsea Handler.

The online TV network said Thursday that the outspoken comedian’s new show will begin in early 2016. It will update the format of her current E! talk show, “Chelsea Lately,” but retain the comedic focus on entertainment and cultural issues. No other details were provided.

Handler will end the seven-year run of “Chelsea Lately” on Aug. 26.

The Netflix deal with Handler begins with a standup performance premiering on Oct. 10. She will also create four specials debuting in 2015.

Handler’s announced departure from E! had earlier sparked speculation that she might find a late-night home on a broadcast network.

Netflix has already scored with original scripted series including “House of Cards.”

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