Comedian and actress Chelsea Handler never made fun of President Obama, she says, because “there was nothing to make fun of because he was so responsible and such a leader.”
The remarks came in a January 17 interview with Variety, which just published its Inauguration Issue. Handler is the star of her own talk show on Netflix, “Chelsea.”
From the interview:
Would you ever want to interview Donald Trump?
Why would I? I don’t ever want to see him. I don’t ever want to interact with him, which won’t be a problem. Once he came up to me in a restaurant in L.A. to introduce himself — to tell me he’s Donald Trump. I said, “Great.”
What do you think the role of your show will be during a Trump presidency?
First and foremost, I’m a comedian. But also, we have to hold him accountable. And we have to make fun of him, just like you’d make fun of anybody who was president. Obama was boring in that sense — there was nothing to make fun of because he was so responsible and such a leader.
Handler went on to talk about how she cried the night of the election:
Do you think your show will be more serious going forward?
I think the great thing that Netflix has afforded me is to be serious when it calls for it. I’m not going to be funny on the day after the election, when I was horrified and crying all night. It was going to be a celebratory day. I walked into my office that morning, and I thought, “There’s no way I’m going to be able to do this.”
Were you surprised that you cried on air?
Yeah. The last thing you ever want to do is break down. It’s just so unprofessional. But my whole life is being unprofessional.
There’s been a lot of talk of how the media didn’t treat Hillary Clinton fairly.
Absolutely. 100 percent.