Chelsea Handler's "Chelsea Lately" to end in August

Chelsea Handler poses at the "Live Talks Los Angeles Presents An Evening With Chelsea Handler In Conversation With Gwyneth Paltrow" held at the Alex Theatre on March 11, 2014, in Glendale, Calif. Mark Davis/Getty Images

E! is putting a end to Chelsea Handler's late-night talk show.

The network said in a statement Wednesday that Handler's "Chelsea Lately" will finish its seven-year run with a live, hour-long series finale on Aug. 26.

A special month-long celebration of special episodes and surprise guests will take place before the show's sendoff.

"We are very proud of 'Chelsea Lately's' long-running success and the unique space that the series carved out in late night television," said Suzanne Kolb, President, E! "Chelsea brought a distinct voice to late night with her acerbic wit and fearless commentary and we look forward to providing fans with a memorable send-off that lives up to that tradition. Most of all, we are grateful to the 'Chelsea Lately' team for making this show so special for seven years."

Handler added, "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. 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."

In March, Handler's manager said she was looking to leave "Chelsea Lately" when her contract expired. In an interview with Howard Stern earlier that month, the comedian and author called E! "a sad, sad place to live."

Ratings for "Chelsea Lately" have dropped in recent years. According to Deadline, the show's viewership dropped 32 percent between 2010 and 2013, with the declines extending into this year.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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