The feud between Chelsea Handler and Heather McDonald continued to escalate following McDonald’s latest round of comments. While the two have exchanged heated words over the past week, including accusations of slavery and threatening texts, their feud has been bizarre to say the least. With that in mind, what is really going on between the former friends?
According to ET Online, the fighting began after McDonald discussed working for Handler as a writer on Chelsea Lately during a podcast interview. During her talk, McDonald revealed that she “100 percent lived in fear” during her time on Handler’s show.
“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?'” she explained. “Somehow, I managed to keep surviving. I think she’s a good person, I don’t agree with how she treats relationships in her life.”
In response to McDonald’s comments, Handler stated that she had good reasons for treating McDonald the way she did. Handler claims that McDonald traded personal stories about her with Us Weekly in order to get the magazine to run pictures of herself. Despite this betrayal of trust, Handler kept McDonald on her show.
At the same time, Handler also dished on McDonald’s comments about living in fear.
“I hope she was living in fear. If you’re that fearful, go get a job,” she stated. “It’s not an internment camp, she can quit. So that’s silly. Because if you’re that fearful — she was taking clothes out of my closet every other day. She wasn’t that fearful.”
Following Handler’s response, McDonald issued a statement about how her words were “taken out of context.” However, Radar Online is reporting that this is not the first time McDonald has spoken out against Handler.
In another podcast a month ago, McDonald discussed Handler’s relationship with Chuy Bravo. Shockingly, McDonald accused Handler of treating Bravo like a slave and how his status as a little person had a lot to do with his work with Handler.
“The whole relationship on the show between Chelsea and Chuy was so wrong and so inappropriate — basically like she owned a slave or a pet, but people didn’t care because the little people were just so happy that a little person had a job, that she was a supporter of little people,” she stated.
Furthermore, McDonald also revealed that she tried to work things out with Handler, but her efforts only resulted in a text message fight. Following their war of words, McDonald claims that Handler cut ties with her and did not allow her to fully explain herself.
Apparently, McDonald tried twice to make amends with Handler, only to be rebuffed on both occasions. Now, McDonald is scared to reach out to Handler because she does not want to be at the receiving end of another tirade.
For her part, TMZ is reporting that Handler has responded to McDonald’s accusations and is not happy about what her former employee has revealed. In fact, during a recent appearance on Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, Handler disclosed her feelings on the matter.
In addition to being angry with McDonald’s comments, Handler stated that she should “really be scared.” Handler’s comments proved to escalate the situation as the feud continues to unfold between the former friends.
At this point, there does not seem to be an end in sight in the feud between Handler and McDonald. At the same time, McDonald continues to deny the allegations Handler made against her and has since stated she is “grateful for the opportunity to have worked” for Handler.
Tell us! Whose side are you on Chelsea Handler or Heather McDonald? Sound off in the comments, and check out what Handler had to say to Howard Stern about the whole ordeal below.
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