Chelsea Handler has never been known to mince words, but off-handed jokes about heavy drinking and promiscuity somehow seem a far cry from the candor she brought to an interview on The Rosie Show yesterday. Among other things, Handler discussed the tough decision she had to make after finding out she was pregnant at age 16. “I was so delusional,” Handler told O’Donnell. “I was like, ‘I’m ready for a baby!'”
Her parents had a different opinion, telling her, “You’re throwing your entire life away,” and insisting she have an abortion. Twenty years later Handler has made her peace with the decision, admitting “I wouldn’t be a good mother.” When O’Donnell mentioned the ongoing debate over Roe v. Wade, Handler insisted, “You should do whatever you want with your body and you shouldn’t let anyone tell you what to do.” She added, “I have no regret at all.”
What do you think, PopWatchers? Do you appreciate Handler’s openness about this tough subject? In terms of raising awareness and opening up discussion, is it more effective when someone who makes her living being funny gets serious?