“I so didn’t, and I so don’t care about you asking about it.”
– That is Chelsea Handler‘s response to a journalist for Marie Claire @Work asking her about the rumor — legend? slur? — that she only got her show “Chelsea Lately” because she was dating the former head of E! Want to see me become irrationally angry and start breathing fire out of my nose? Suggest Handler only got her show because she slept her way to the top. I have a torn a new asshole on many a buffoon who has dared suggest that luck, talent, hard work and savvy had nothing to do with it. Her bestselling books? Her (since-cancelled) sitcom? Her comedy tours? Her roundtable of comics — like Whitney Cummings — getting their own shows? Her ex-boyfriend’s penis must have been pretty damn magical to make all that happen.
When a man has connections in Hollywood, it is called “having connections.” But when an attractive and intelligent woman has the same thing, she must have spread her legs to get it. Remember when reporter Andrew Goldman from The New York Times Magazine flat-out asked Whitney Cummings “how accurate” jokes were that she’d slept her way to the top?
You’re allowed to think Chelsea Handler is not funny. Lots of people don’t. You’re allowed to think she’s crass. Lots of people do. She herself knows “Chelsea Lately” is not friggin’ “Mad Men.” But guess what? Neither is “Tosh.0,” “The Late Show,” “The Soup,” or any other show fronted by a funny dude. And that’s okay.
Chelseas’s millions — and millions, and millions — speak for itself. So, as she might say, shut up. [Marie Claire @Work]
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