Chelsea Handler
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Chelsea Handler isn’t exactly known for being reserved. Still, it was a little surprising to see just how outspoken she got when Cathy Horyn interviewed her for The New York Times. In the piece, Handler doesn’t hold back, especially when railing against every candid comedian’s favorite punching bag: political correctness.

“People are too P.C.,” she told Horyn. “We need to be focusing on other things. We’re seeking out such grossness in human behavior and want such mindless entertainment. The Real Housewives of Atlanta and some of these other shows are more racist. Or 16 and Pregnant. Getting rewarded for being pregnant when you’re a teenager? Are you serious? I mean, that makes me want to kill somebody.” Then Handler dropped the real bomb: “I had an abortion when I was 16. Because that’s what I should have done. Otherwise I would now have a 20-year-old kid. Anyway, those are things that people shouldn’t be dishonest about it.”

That admission came just a few paragraphs after Handler confessed that she sometimes feels like her talents are being wasted on Chelsea Lately. “There’s only so much of this nonsense you can talk about before your brain starts to feel like it’s bleeding,” she told Horyn. By saying this, the comedian definitely risks sounding like she’s biting the hand that feeds her — and nobody likes a celebrity who doesn’t at least project an aura of being grateful.

While it’s refreshing to see a boldfaced name be this open while talking to the media, there’s also something disconcerting about it. So here’s my question to you, PopWatchers: Did Chelsea reveal too much to the Times? Or is frank talk such a huge part of her persona that you would have been disappointed if she had been more aloof?

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