Comedian Chelsea Handler and Heather McDonald, her former employee, seems to be feuding with each other. McDonald apparently said that Handler was a “horrible boss” when she was working for her, causing Chelsea to respond.
“She would never say anything to my face. She would only say that on the radio,” Handler explained on Jenny McCarthy’s Sirius XM radio show, Dirty Sexy Funny, Tuesday. “She would never, ’cause she’s f*****g scared and she should be. Now she should be really scared.”
McDonald worked on the E! series Chelsea Lately as a writer from 2007 to 2009. While visiting Matt Cole Weiss and Theo Von’s podcast, Heather revealed that she found that the show was going to be ending via social media. At the time, she was too scared to confront Chelsea in person and ask whether or not it was true. But why was she afraid of Handler?
“I lived in fear, 100 percent fear,” Heather said on the podcast. Judging from how McDonald described the situation, stress and anxiety was something she felt very often. “I enjoyed my time there, I was happy, but something could happen and my heart would be beating and I’d be like, ‘Is this it?,’ ” McDonald said. She goes on to say that Chelsea is a good person, but has a problem with how she handles her personal relationships with people, saying that Handler is “missing out by dumping people.”
Chelsea Handler, on the other hand, says everything she is saying about their time working together is remotely true. She makes it clear that she could have fired Heather, but simply chose to stop interacting with her on a personal level.
“The fact that I would allow anyone like that even work for me when everyone was telling me to fire her — and she’s complaining that I wouldn’t hang out with her?,” Handler said. “Or discuss my negotiations? Why the f*** would I tell somebody who’s talking to a magazine about my career? She’s a writer!”
Handler goes on to say that writers should not be given this kind of information.
Heather McDonald, 45, has her own podcast, Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald, discussing what her former boss Chelsea Handler, 40, said about her. In her own words, she said she never betrayed Chelsea or gave stories to tabloids for fame or anything like that. Heather says that the “I lived in fear” quote was taken out of context, according to New York Daily News. Heather was asked if she was scared to be let go from the show, and that is what brought on the fear, not Chelsea Handler herself.
It seems that Chelsea didn’t listen to the entire interview before responding to McDonald.
“I mean, yeah of course, a million things happen, you’re at work, you’re not a nice person every day. But never like that,” Handler added. “You can’t be scared to be at work, this isn’t a concentration camp. You should quit then. Go quit.”
Chelsea Handler can move on to bigger and better things now, with her new Netflix documentary miniseries, Chelsea Does. Handler describes the four-part documentary project as being radically different from anything else she had ever done, and really wanted to challenge herself. Each individual episode will focus on a different topic in Chelsea’s life; with one episode titled “Chelsea Does Marriage”, with another titled “Chelsea Does Drugs.”
With the “Chelsea Does Marriage” episode, she reconnected with an ex-boyfriend from her past, asking the comedian that he not be made fun of. “Chelsea Does Racism” features Handler interviewing Al Sharpton, causing her to realize why his voice is important in the African-American community.
Chelsea Does is produced by Morgan Neville and directed by Eddie Schmidt, and features Chelsea Handler discussing drugs, racism, marriage and the Silicon Valley.
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