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Chelsea Handler talks about coping with Donald Trump's presidential election win on her Netflix show "Chelsea" and explains why she's not a fan of marriage. (8:06)

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Please welcome Chelsea Handler.

(cheering and applause)

Hi, guys.

-Hi.-I'm so excited.

I'm excited, too.

Can I tell you how crazythis is for me?

Because I've been a fan of youand your shows for so long.

I never dreamed of a day

when I would be interviewingChelsea Handler.

What did you dream about?


No, but-but you-you wereone of the few people

who had me on-on your show.

-I came... Yeah, I came...-He was on my show.

We did a dinner partyand you were-- yeah.

-And I thought... -Back in,back in, back in the day.

I did the panel on the...

Oh, I forgot about that,I didn't remember that part.

But I was so impressed with you

when I met you this last time,and then I read your book.

And I thought wow, for 32--are you still 32?

-I'm still, I'm still 32.-Oh.

-We met, like, a few weeks ago.-Wow. Yeah.

-But thank you.-But, I mean...

I like that you think that Iaged in between, but thank you.

You never know. I mean,birthday's can come up,

just when you least expect them.

But I was so impressed with youbecause I thought,

what a responsible individualyou are.

You're so knowledgeableand sagacious

about this whole communityand politics,

and American polit-- like,political theater.

And I just was really impressedwith you, so.

Well, thank you.Thank you very much.

I'm happy that you're doingthe job you're doing.

I appreciate it;thank you very much.

It's a good serviceto everybody.

And, uh, thank you,thank you for being here,

-because...-(cheering and applause)

Honestly, you have accomplishedso much in your life.

You are really one of the mostsuccessful people I know.

-You're great at everything...-Yet still remain a virgin,

-so thank you very much.-(laughter)

-That's one of your successes,Chelsea. -Yes it is.

The ability to turn it down.

Um... No, but, I mean,y-you know,

you-you've madeso many great TV shows.

Thousands of episodeswhen you were on E!

And now you've started againon Netflix,

and you had a great documentaryseries and standup.

But, you know, there are momentsthat you remember

from everyone's career,and for me, one of those moments

was just after the election,when I was watching your show

and you honestly had

one of the mostvulnerable moments on-screen.

And it was in reactionto the election results.

I... When you weregoing on-screen, like,

I mean, what wasgoing through your head

when you-when you weregoing through all of that?

Honestly, I got up that dayand I just was...

I was so upset. It was the worstfeeling I think I've ever felt.

It was worse than even, like,the worst breakup I've ever had.

It was the worstkind of despair,

because I just thought, "Oh..."You know, anybody

who feels the way I do knowswhat that feeling was like.

And so I went to work, butI had been crying all morning,

I was on the phone with mysister, I'm like, "We're going

to Spain, we're going.I have the house."

My sister's like, "I'm not,like, an older lesbian

that's gonna live with youin our later years."

She's like, "We're not goingto Spain, lunatic, okay? You..."

And I was like, "I'm goingto Spain. You can come with me

or you can't."She's like, "I'm not coming."

And then I went into workand all the people

that worked for me, whichare many millenials, said...

I said, "I can't do this today.There's no way I can do a show.

I can't get my act together,my face together."

And, um, Barbara Boxer came in,

and she was like,"I will take care of you today.

"I will be your anchor. I'vebeen in politics for 30 years.

"This is not the endof the world, this is not

"the apocalypse.I will give you hope.

"You have to put a bunchof people to bed tonight,

and I'm gonna help you do it."

And she did. I mean...And so, it wasn't...

I wasn't thinking anything.I was just like, "How am I gonna

get through thiswithout crying on TV?"

And then I did cry on TV,and you know what, good,

I'm glad I cried.I was really upset.

-(cheering and applause)-Here-Here's a question I have.

For-for Chelsea Handler...

I mean, a lot of people criedfor many different reasons.

What would you say... Itmay be hard to distill it down

to one thought, but what doyou think was the biggest reason

you felt the way you didafter the election?

I... I mean, there areso many things that he did

that were so upsetting,but I think that time

that Jorge Ramos...Remember when he stood up

-to ask him a question?-Yes. Yes.

Do you guys remember that?He's that journalist from...

-Univision. Yeah.-And he told him, he goes,

"Sit down. Sit down."L... And he talked to him

like he was a dog.And his-his racism...

And the thing...This is what inspires me

and also is troubling, but itgets me filled with conviction,

is I can be a voice to peoplethat don't have a voice.

I can stick up for Muslimsand the LGBT community

and women and black people.

And whoever needs a (bleep)voice, I will be your voice.

-So I feel...-(cheering and applause)

That-That's what gets me.

Like, when I saw him treatsomebody like that,

I was like, "No, no, no, no.Not while I'm in this world."

And not like I'm the...You know, there are a million

-of us... millions of us.We have to remember -Yeah.

this was a very... You know,she won the popular vote.

We're not alone.So don't despair.

As, you know, Kamala Harris,our new senator

for the state of Californiain the United States Senate

said, she goes,"This is... Don't despair.

"This is the timeto roll your sleeves up.

And ladies need to get to work."

And I think that there isa problem in this country

not with just men and women--

I think there's a problemwith women and women.

And we need to (bleep)address it.

In what way?

I don't thinkwomen support women.

When 40...

I don't know what the percentageis. Is it 48 or...?

I think it was 53%

-of white women who votedfor Trump. -Like, I said 48.

-(laughter) -53% of white,educated women,

college graduated...

college graduated,or college graduates.

-Yeah.-What-what... Anyway...

-(laughter) -Um, white womenvote for that man.

-Yes. -Then we havea real problem when...

I understandif you don't like Hillary.

I get that.I totally get it, but

forget aboutif you like her or not.

Look at what she's done.

Then you needto get behind that woman,

whether you (bleep) like heror not.

You get behind somebodywho's done the job,

versus some guywho's a self...

Uh, who...? I mean, I can't evendiscuss him in real terms.

He's not a real person.

He takes advantageof everyone around him.

And if women are doing that,then we have a problem

with women A: listeningto their husbands too much,

-so get rid of them.-(laughter)

-And B...-(laughter, applause & cheering)

You have to... I'm not talkingabout supporting women

for the sake of being a woman.That's not what I'm saying.

Yes. Which is a conversationthat's come up, but I hear you.

-Yeah. -Of course not.You can't just say,

"Oh, you're a woman.Come over here." No.

-But when the woman...-Especially not in that tone.

-When the woman...-That's like a... -(laughter)

When the womanthat is in play is that...

And the most qualified.You're... I-I...

That most qualified.That is, you know...

Had all these yearsof dedicating her life

to women and children. If...

There's something wrong with youif you don't think,

"Oh, this is time for usto shatter this

"so that we can move onin 20 years,

and then you can get the (bleep)woman you want in there."

-Sorry. Anyway...-(laughter)

-I, uh, I... I like that you...-(whooping, applause)

I like that you slipped that in,by the way.

I like that you slipped that in.You... I-I've read a lot on you.

You are not a fan of marriage,are you?

No, I mean, it's fine,you know...


What an endorsement, Chelsea.

You're not married, either.You're not a fan, then.

I'm not a fan of the institutionof marriage, no.

No, I'm not a fanof the institution of anything.

I like to... I like to get home

and do whatever I wantwhenever I want,

without telling anybodywhere I am or what my plans are.

I mean, I don't know if thatwill be the way I operate

for the rest of my life,but I'm enjoying that right now.

What elseare you enjoying in life?

You're doing your shows.

You're on Netflix, which isa completely different world.

No ad breaks.You can make it when you wa...

You're on TV three nights a week?

-Three nights a week.-How did you pick three?

It's such a random number,I feel.

I just thought,what's a weird number?

-(laughter)-You got it right.

Yeah, I mean, I like...I like doing things

that are kind of nontraditional,so when they say,

oh, you can do a showfor five days a week,

I'm like, I've done that,I don't want to do that again.

-Yeah. -And this show, to me,is much more fulfilling.

I get to crossa wide spectrum of topics

and cover a wide spectrumof topics,

and I get to bereally thoughtful

and be responsiblewith what I'm doing.

I'm 41, so I'd liketo behave better, and I am.

-I am.-(laughter)

-(applause) -I could...I could talk to you all day.

-Can you tell? -But, uh...I would talk to you all day,

but unfortunately,we still have ad breaks

and we have time limits,so I'll have to have you back,

-Okay.-if you'll join me.

-Yes, always, always.-Thank you for being here.

-My pleasure, Thank you.-It's wonderful having you.

New episodes of Chelsea dropon Netflix Wednesday,

Thursday and Friday.

Chelsea Handler, everybody.