Chelsea Handler to launch Netflix talk show

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

Chelsea Handler is taking her TV talk show skills to Netflix.

The Internet TV network announced Thursday that the comedienne/host will create a new talk show, set to debut in early 2016. The series will have a comedic focus on entertainment and cultural issues. Handler will also do celebrity interviews as she has done during her seven-year stint on E!'s "Chelsea Lately," which wraps on Aug. 26.

"If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested," Handler, 39, said. "I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move," Handler said.

On Oct. 10, Netflix will premiere a stand-up comedy performance from her latest comedy tour, "Uganda Be Kidding Me Live." The special will tape in Chicago this Friday at the Harris Theater. Next year, Handler will create four new docu-comedy specials centering on topic ranging from NASCAR to the NBA draft.

Earlier this year, when Handler released her new book "Uganda Be Kidding Me," she told CBS News another book could be in her future: "There's always material there. It's just a matter of remembering the material and being able to piece it together."

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