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

Chelsea Handler's 'victims' get revenge with new book, 'Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me'

05/09/2011 by Olivia Allin

Chelsea Handler's "victims," her friends and family who have been subjected to the "Chelsea Lately" talk show host's pranks and lies got their revenge in her new book, "Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me."

"It was a nice way for me to put out another book," Handler told Matt Lauer on Monday's "Today" show, before admitting, "Basically, now it's over, now that this book has come out... Everyone's onto me. Everyone assumes everything I say is a lie now."

Among the "lies" included in the book are Handler, 36, convincing her co-worker to come home early from his honeymoon for a non-existent Time magazine photo shoot and a girlhood prank where she sold her neighbors fake raffle tickets to meet Carly Simon at her lemonade stand.

"Basically, you got all of your victims to write the book for you," Lauer said. "So you humiliate them and then they tell their stories."

Handler's crew and comedian friends have also gotten more exposure on her late-night show, "After Lately," which as the name implies, airs after the "Chelsea Lately" show and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes view of the show with a mix of improv, reality, fact and fiction.

It was announced last week that "After Lately" has been renewed for a second season, after averaging nearly 1 million viewers since premiering this year.

"It's exciting for us to announce that we're going back into production on additional episodes," Lisa Berger, the president of entertainment programming for E! told the Hollywood Reporter. "From the outrageous situations to the always unpredictable cast of characters, we are looking forward to what Season 2 will bring."

"Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me" is the funny lady's fourth book, following "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.

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.

In January, Handler was romantically linked to hotel owner Andre Balazs, after the two were seen dancing and holding hands at the Sundance Film Festival.

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.

The comedian has also openly flirted with rapper 50 Cent on Twitter over the past few months and has been spotted dining with the star. While the two have denied any romantic relationships, Handler did say she was "open" to the idea.

"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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