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Is Chelsea Handler having an identity crisis?

June 2, 2011 |  4:21 pm

Chelsea Handler discusses the conflicts in her career in a new interview Is Chelsea Handler having an identity crisis? Seems the comic blond, at the height of her popularity and industry demand, has given a candid interview that mocks the brand she's worked years to build.

"I want to do something that's going to utilize my brain a little more than this show," Handler told the Hollywood Reporter of her late night E! comedy series "Chelsea Lately."

"If 'Lately' is the show that I'm going to do, it's going to change. But it may turn out that I'm done with it altogether. I can't keep doing the same thing; my brain is bleeding. I want to do something that's more mindful and isn't celebrity-centered," she continued.

"Lately" is a comic roundtable lampooning celebrities and their follies, followed by a one-on-one chat with a bold-face name guest. Though it has gained steadily in popularity over the past years, and spawned a behind-the-scenes reality show "After Lately," Handler can't get no satisfaction.

"I'm not looking to totally bail on E!," she says of her home network. "They've done a lot for me, and I like it here ... if you take away the Kardashians."

While the Kardashian sisters (who have appeared as guests on her program) don't satiate Handler, she has  several projects in the pipe to distract from the brain bleeding: an NBC sitcom based on her book, "Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," on which she'll have a recurring role. Not to mention her supporting bit in Reese Witherspoon's upcoming film "This Means War."

So is Handler having an identity crisis, raging against a brand she's carved out and can't move past? Or simply burning the middle-brow bridge behind her as she ascends to new levels of content-making in Hollywood?

Tell us in comments.


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Photo: Chelsea Handler attends the Gracie Awards Gala in Beverly Hills on May 24. Credit: Valerie Macon / Getty Images