E! Host: I Fled Spielberg/Burnett/Fox Reality Show
July 13, 2007 6:07 PM
Chelsea Handler, who hosts a talk show on mid-ranked cable network E!, said the lure of working on the No. 1-rated Fox network’s Steven Spielberg/Mark Burnett reality show “On the Lot” wasn’t enough to overcome a worrisome flop vibe she said emanated from the production early on.
Though the official reason for Handler leaving, and being replaced by Adrianna Costa, was to focus on her E! program (a reason she reiterated at TCA), Handler added that the reality was more complex.
“I actually quit that show,” she said. “I quit that show because I smelled the disaster happening before it did. Absolutely God’s honest truth. I feel that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Somebody said, ‘You can’t quit a Steven Spielberg show, you can’t quit a Mark Burnett production.' Watch me, watch me quit … It was one [show] or the other, and after a while I realized I wasn’t in a show where I was really going to be able to be funny or have a good time."
A source close to the production countered that Handler was actually let go from the series by producers.