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Comedian joins forces with Netflix

– 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 E! talk show, “Chelsea Lately,” but will retain the comedic focus on entertainment and cultural issues, Netflix said. No other details were provided.

Handler, 39, will end the seven-year run of “Chelsea Lately” on Aug. 26.

Her deal with Netflix begins with a standup performance premiering Oct. 10. Based on her tour “Uganda Be Kidding Me,” the special will be taped today in Chicago.

In 2015, she will create four docu-comedy specials on NASCAR, politics, Silicon Valley and the NBA draft.

“If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested,” she explained Thursday.

– Associated Press