The E! Network’s First Lady of Late-Night says she hope to eventually “branch out” from the cable hub.

“I’d been approached to go to a network a while ago, and I thought it was a little premature,” says spitfire comedienne Chelsea Handler, host of E!’s Chelsea Lately.

At 35, Handler’s already penned three best-selling books and hopes to one day front a show that’s a little less irreverent than the one that made her a star.

“There’s only so much you can talk about celebrities only. Obviously I’m going to want to branch out at some point,” she laughs.

“I’d like to talk more about politics, books,” she says. “I’d like to have a more well-rounded show at some point. I’ll probably be headed to do something like that, unless they make me some ridiculous offer I can’t turn down which would involve me doing a book club every week,” Handler cracked.

Handler’s contract with E! expires in 2012.



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