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Chelsea Handler’s Late Night Show to End in August

Chelsea Handler at the amfAR Inspiration Gala on Dec. 12, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Chelsea Handler at the amfAR Inspiration Gala on Dec. 12, 2013 in Los Angeles. Dan Steinberg—Invision/AP

Chelsea Lately will finish its seven-year run on E! on August 26, a few months before Handler planned to leave the network

Chelsea Handler is finally getting her wish — sort of. After months of speculation and complaints from the star herself, E! announced Wednesday that comedian Handler’s night-time talk show, Chelsea Lately, will finish its seven-year run with a live finale on August 26. A special month-long run-up to the last show will look back on the show’s most memorable moments.

“I myself am more surprised than anyone that I was able to hold down a job for seven years, and it was a fantastic seven years,” Handler said in a statement. “I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I’m glad I went.​”

Handler’s manager told The Hollywood Reporter in March that she intended to leave the network — which she called “a sad, sad place to live” during a recent Howard Stern interview — when her contract was up at the end of the year.

The show’s ratings haven’t been the same lately: her audience declined 32 percent between 2010, the year before her most recent contract negotiation, and last year, Deadline reports.

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