(NEW YORK) — Chelsea Handler has made a career out of being unapologetic, unafraid and sometimes half-naked.
Now, Handler is trying to reinvent herself and the late-night talk show format with her new Netflix show, Chelsea.
“It’s not your traditional talk show in the fact that it’s not the same format every single night. It’s different things,” Handler, 41, told ABC News’ Nightline.
On Chelsea, Handler has done everything from having dinner parties with movie stars to trips to Japan so she can learn how to become a geisha and a Harajuku girl. And her dog Chunk is on stage at all times.
“I mean, not everybody is going to like it. You know, not everybody is going to like me. I’m a very divisive person, so I’m not expecting the whole world to be like, ‘Oh my God, we finally found our leader,'” said Handler.
Netflix has signed up for 90 shows a year. The episodes drop just after midnight on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and air in 190 countries, with subtitles.
Because it’s on-demand, even though it’s a late-night talk show, viewers can catch Handler at any time of the day.
“They’ve told me that people have been binge-watching rather than watching every night. I mean, when I look on Twitter, I can see the people who are watching in the morning,” she said. “I’m thinking, ‘No, I don’t want you watching me in the morning. What is that? This isn’t a morning show,’ and then I thought, ‘Who cares?'”
Handler said Chelsea is a departure from her E! network show Chelsea Lately, where she made her name before ending the talk show in August 2014.
“I think a lot of my fans that came from my old show are probably like, ‘No, we want more celebrity gossip. We want more of that,’ but I’m just not really feeling that anymore, so I don’t really want to do that,” Handler said.
Celebrities will still stop by the show, but Handler will tackle other subjects too, including this year’s election season. Handler said she wants to ask and attempt to answer questions to which she doesn’t necessarily know the answer.
“I want it to be a place where you can get information in a fun way. I want people to learn. I want to ask the questions that some people are embarrassed to say, that they don’t have the answers to,” she said. “I’m allowed to talk about how stupid somebody is, and I don’t have to care about getting them on my show, and I certainly don’t have to care about what he thinks about me.”
And while Handler said she can’t ignore those who don’t like her or her new show, she said she’s going to continue to not care what people think.
“When you have those moments of insecurity, you definitely pay more attention to what the negative stuff that people say. So, you got to just have to at a certain point go, ‘OK I’m not looking at that anymore,'” Handler said.
“Of course it bothers you when people don’t like you. You know when people don’t like you, they can say vitriolic things about you, but I try and focus on the people that do like me. I mean, especially with the show launching, I pay more attention to what people are saying than I would.”
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