How Chelsea Handler reclaimed her time from Donald Trump: "My outrage was so high"

With the success of “Chelsea,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Chelsea Does” and “Are You There, Chelsea?,” Chelsea Handler has carved out her own corner of the late-night and docu-series television landscape with her brutally honest personality and dark humor. But after the 2016 election of President Donald Trump, Handler began to question her identity both publicly and personally, she tells “Salon Talks.

In the comedian’s latest memoir “Life Will Be the Death of Me,” she gets honest about her past year of “self-sufficiency,” all triggered by the ascension of Trump. On an episode of “Salon Talks,” Handler explained to SalonTV’s D. Watkins why Trump was the catalyst for this reckoning.

“Trump and this administration robbed me of a year of my life,” she said. “I wanted to take this presidency and turn it into something powerful for me because otherwise, I will get cancer. Going to a psychiatrist was about healing myself. And what I realized through that, and talking with someone, was that my injuries ran much deeper than Donald Trump.”

And to her surprise, Handler actually enjoys mediation. “You hear words like gratitude, and universe, and meditation all the time in L.A., so sometimes, as a cynical person like me, I don't have time, I don't take that stuff seriously. And then you find out about it, and you experience it on your own.”

Watch the video above to learn more about Handler’s midlife crisis. And watch the full episode with Chelsea Handler to hear her open up about losing her brother and why a year of looking inward convinced her to write a memoir.

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