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Chelsea Handler appears in a promotional photo for Chelsea Lately. - Provided courtesy of E! Entertainment

Chelsea Handler talks teenage abortion, condemns '16 and Pregnant'

05/25/2011 by Olivia Allin

Chelsea Handler is known for candidly tackling difficult topics and the "Chelsea Lately" host recently told The New York Times that she had an abortion at 16, before condemning MTV's hit show, "16 and Pregnant."

"I had an abortion when I was 16," Handler told The New York Times. "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."

Never one to shy away from sharing her opinions, Handler then addressed "16 and Pregnant," MTV's high-rated reality show which follows teenage moms embarking on motherhood.

"People are too P.C.," Handler continued. "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."

Handler is currently promoting her fourth book, "Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me" which is a compilation of stories written by her "victims" about the notorious prankster's various "lies."

"Lies" follows Handler's other best-selling books, "My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands," "Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea" and "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang." Last year, Handler's first three books occupied the top three positions on the New York Times best-seller list for a period of time.

Her memoir "Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea" was optioned into a TV series starring "That 70's Show" actress Laura Prepon as "Chelsea Hanson" and Handler will play her older sister "Sloane Hanson." The show is set to air on NBC in the fall.

Handler began her career as a comedian, appearing regularly on the series "Girls Behaving Badly." In 2007, E! picked up "Chelsea Lately," which has averaged over half a million viewers since its premiere. Her spin-off show, "After Lately," which shows the cast of comedians and writers behind the scenes, was recently renewed for a second season.

Handler recently admit that she dating rapper 50 Cent "very casually." In January, Handler was first linked to her current boyfriend, hotelier Andre Balazs, after the two were seen dancing and holding hands at the Sundance Film Festival. Balazs hosted the launch party for Handler's new book at the Standard hotel in New York City.

Previously Handler dated Ted Harbert, who was made chairman of NBC Broadcasting following the company's ongoing merger with Comcast. The company owns E! Entertainment Television, which the 55-year-old had managed as CEO. The two ended their four-year relationship earlier last year.

Handler will also appear in several upcoming movies, playing Reese Witherspoon's best friend in the romantic comedy "This Means War" and in the 2012 drama "Mall."

"Chelsea Lately" airs Monday through Friday at 11 p.m. while "After Lately" airs Sundays at 11 p.m. on E!

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