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Netflix has decided to cancel Chelsea, the Chelsea Handler-hosted talk show, after two seasons.

The weekly show featured the comedienne discussing current events and other topics with favored guests. Most critics were not kind to Chelsea, the show, saying it lacked focus and was often embarrassing to watch.

“By the end of (one) episode, Ms. Handler was standing on the set’s revolving table, rapping in front of Pitbull. It was excruciating,” wrote the New York Times.

“To anyone for whom she’s more of an acquired taste, this Netflix vehicle didn’t exactly put a best foot forward. Tomorrow is another night. But when the dog lay down and appeared to doze during the premiere, it was hard not to think he had the right idea,” wrote CNN’s Brian Lowry.


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But Handler issued a statement after news of the cancellation, saying she wanted to leave the show to become more involved in politics.

“Like so many across the country, the past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me. From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation,” Handler stated. “For these reasons, I’ve decided not to return for another season of Chelsea, and instead devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me.”

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Since Netflix does not release individual show ratings, it’s difficult to prove whether Handler’s statement is a convenient cover story or the real reason behind the show’s demise.

Handler and Netflix said they still plan to work together on other projects, and that her talk show will continue to air weekly until the end of the year.

In other cancellation news, NBC has decided to cancel The Night Shift after four seasons and 45 episodes.

The summer drama, which starred Eoin Macken and Ken Leung, focused on the lives of the medical staff at a San Antonio hospital.

The now series finale of The Night Shift aired on August 31, 2017.

The show’s producers say they are hopeful of finding another network, or streaming service, to continue The Night Shift for a fifth season.

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— Phillip Swann