E! is keeping comedienne Chelsea Handler and her late-night show, Chelsea Lately, in the fold through 2014.
The NBCUniversal (Comcast) outlet said it's signed a new multi-year deal that also will have Handler develop and produce shows for E! and NBCU through her company, Borderline Amazing. Chelsea Lately is back with new episodes on Nov. 27.
Terms of the new pact were not disclosed; Deadlinesaid it was "said to be worth $25 million."
Chelsea Lately has been on E! since July 2007 and, the network says, is the highest-rated and most-watched late-night talk show with women ages 18-34. Its highest-rated and most-watched telecast came recently, on Oct. 10, averaging nearly 1.8 million total viewers, the network said.
"Chelsea is an extraordinary talent whose smart, clever, no-holds-barred point of view has clearly been embraced by viewers," E! president Suzanne Kolb said in a release. "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Chelsea as we build on the success of Chelsea Lately, which has become the late night destination for young adults, and collaborate with Borderline Amazing Productions on developing even more hit shows."
"It's a great time for women in comedy, and it's a great time to have real breasts," Handler added in the release.
E! and NBCUniversal obtain "first look" rights to all Borderline Amazing Productions projects and she will continue as host of Chelsea Lately through 2014. Handler, along with her partner in Borderline Amazing Productions, Tom Brunelle, will continue to serve as executive producers for Chelsea Lately and After Lately.