“Sean Spicer is my favorite person on the planet,” says Handler, whose Netflix talk show Chelsea returns for season 2 on April 14. (Watch an exclusive trailer above.) “Every press briefing, I mean, I miss my morning meeting now because the press briefing’s at the same time. I’m like, ‘You guys, I’m sorry — I gotta be with my spicy baked potato and watch him have diarrhea as he mounts that dais. I mean, what a mess. He is a disaster! It’s like, what are you doing? This ship is sinking. You better jump off.”
In the months since wrapping season 1 of her streaming series in December, the comedian has been glued to CNN, pouring over the New York Times and Politico, and catching the occasional Fox News segment. “I don’t watch Fox News too often because sometimes it makes me really angry,” Handler tells EW moments after a meeting with her writing team.
With Handler going after Washington, D.C. with the same gusto she once dedicated to Hollywood on E!’s hit celebrity fodder talker Chelsea Lately (2007-2014), it should come as no surprise that season 2 of Chelsea will delve deeper into politics. “Watching this administration go down and fall apart at the seams is one of the most enjoyable times of my life,” she says. “Because he’s such a bad person and the people who are around him are so bad. To watch bad people get their comeuppance is a really, really satisfying feeling.”
After banking some bits about President Donald Trump for the new season, Handler is concerned about speculation that Trump’s presidency might be short-lived: “I kind of don’t want it to end too quickly, do you know what I’m saying?” she says of the administration. “Now I’m like, ‘Wait, wait, wait, wait — I don’t want it to be over so soon.’ We’ve gotten so spoiled.”
The new focus on Trump comes with a new format: After Netflix’s internal research showed most fans watch Chelsea on Friday nights, the streaming service announced Handler is trading three 30-minute episodes per week for a single one-hour show debuting on Fridays. “It’s a way for me to really get into an issue, to really take an hour to discuss a topic and be relaxed about it and not a six-minute time limit with every interview,” she says. “I think people will like the hour much better than watching three in a row or whatever they were watching.”
Longtime Handler fans can still expect a good celebrity interview, though: Chelsea‘s season 2 premiere features power couple Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone with the cast of their new TV Land series Nobodies (Larry Dorf, Hugh Davidson, Rachel Ramras), CNN’s Van Jones, Christiane Amanpour, and Veep actor Matt Walsh. And as the sarcastic trailer above suggests, she’ll be as polite, personal, respectful, and lady-like as ever before.
Plus, Netflix users who appreciated her docuseries Chelsea Does can look forward to footage of her recent visits with underprivileged youth in Los Angeles and Native Americans in Montana, in addition to trips abroad to England, Wales, France, and India. “I just love to be out of my comfort zone,” says Handler. “We’ve been doing a lot of that and then also we’re going to be doing a lot of political stuff because it’s just so much f—ing fun, isn’t it right now?”