Chelsea Handler blames the Kardashians for Donald Trump's election

On the day after the election, Chelsea Handler was so devastated, she wanted to move to Spain. Then she came to work on her Netflix talk show in Culver City and saw the faces of her staff. The millennial women in her office hugged her and begged her not to retreat. "They all just said, 'You're our only outlet. You're our mouthpiece.' That will motivate anybody, and it motivates me," Handler says, lounging in the living room of her house in Bel-Air with her dogs, Chunk and Tammy.

Her streaming talk show, "Chelsea," has taken a hard stand against Trump, as Handler helped register 17,000 voters and lined up recent guests like California Sen. Barbara Boxer, Van Jones, and Jake Tapper. The comedian, who plans to lead the Women's March at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21, spoke with Variety about how she'll continue to call out Trump.

You just wrapped the first season of your show on Netflix. How does it feel?
It feels right. We have more of an impact being on Netflix than I would have had on another network, because we have a huge international audience. It's nice to be able to let them know that just because this man is our president, this is not a representation of everybody in our country. It's a representation of less than half the people.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Chelsea Handler Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on December 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Comedian Chelsea Handler attends American Cancer Society's Giants of Science Los Angeles Gala on November 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Comedian Chelsea Handler and honoree Charlize Theron attends amfAR's Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios on October 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for amfAR)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, actress Shannen Doherty, and comedian Chelsea Handler arrive at American Cancer Society's Giants of Science Los Angeles Gala on November 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Chelsea Handler arrives at the amfAR's Inspiration Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Chelsea Handler arrives at the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Host Chelsea Handler presents onstage at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030 at Central Park on September 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
DANA POINT, CA - OCTOBER 19: Chelsea Handler speaks onstage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2016 at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel on October 19, 2016 in Dana Point, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Fortune)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Comedian & host of Netflix's 'Chelsea', Chelsea Handler attends 2016 Social Good Summit at 92Y on September 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Comedian/TV host Chelsea Handler visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on August 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Comedian and TV host Chelsea Handler visits AOL Build to discuss the new season of her hit Netflix show, 'Chelsea' at AOL HQ on August 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 409 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Chelsea Handler during an interview with host Seth Meyers on August 25, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Chelsea Handler seen out in Manhattan on August 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Comedian Chelsea Handler attends the Television Academy's 70th Anniversary Gala on June 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 19: Chelsea Handler visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 19, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 14: Chelsea Handler attends the Netflix's Rebels and Rule Breakers Luncheon and Panel Celebrating the Women of Netflix at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MAY 15: New York Times bestselling author Mandy Ingber and comedian Chelsea Handler attend the launch party for her new book 'Yogalosophy for Inner Strength' at Ron Robinson on May 15, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Mandy Ingber / Seal Press)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: (L-R) Logan Hill, comedian Chelsea Handler, and documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock attend the Cinema Cafe during 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Filmmaker Lodge on January 23, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Chelsea Handler arrives to 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' at Ed Sullivan Theater on February 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: Chelsea Handler is seen walking in 'Midtown'on January 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: Chelsea Handler visits 'Sway in the Morning' with Sway Calloway on Eminem's Shade 45 at SiriusXM Studios on January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Chelsea Handler arrives at the Stella McCartney Autumn 2016 Presentation on January 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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"There's a toddler in the White House."
Chelsea Handler

Would you ever want to interview Donald Trump?
No.

Why not?
Why would I? I don't ever want to see him. I don't ever want to interact with him, which won't be a problem. Once he came up to me in a restaurant in L.A. to introduce himself — to tell me he's Donald Trump. I said, "Great."

What do you think the role of your show will be during a Trump presidency?
First and foremost, I'm a comedian. But also, we have to hold him accountable. And we have to make fun of him, just like you'd make fun of anybody who was president. Obama was boring in that sense — there was nothing to make fun of because he was so responsible and such a leader.

Do you think your show will be more serious going forward?
I think the great thing that Netflix has afforded me is to be serious when it calls for it. I'm not going to be funny on the day after the election, when I was horrified and crying all night. It was going to be a celebratory day. I walked into my office that morning, and I thought, "There's no way I'm going to be able to do this."

Were you surprised that you cried on air?
Yeah. The last thing you ever want to do is break down. It's just so unprofessional. But my whole life is being unprofessional.

There's been a lot of talk of how the media didn't treat Hillary Clinton fairly.
Absolutely. 100 percent.

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PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: (L-R) Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian West are seen leaving the 'Alaia' showroom on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: TV personality Kim Kardashian is seen on the streets of Manhattan on February 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Kim Kardashian West is seen on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Kim Kardashian West attends Kanye West Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Garden on February 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Kim Kardashian West leaves the Barney's department store on February 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Kim Kardashian is seen on March 02, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Kim Kardashian West and Kourtney Kardashian having lunch at Hugo's on March 09, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by MPI99/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 09: Kim Kardashian West arrives at Hakkasan Las Vegas third anniversary celebration at Hakkasan at MGM Grand on April 8, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
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MIAMI, FL - APRIL 22: Kim Kardashian arrives at Komodo restaurant to celebrate nightclub owner David Grutman's wedding on April 22, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/GC Images)
MIAMI, FL - April 23 Kim Kardashian, Kanye West is sighted on April 23, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Dave Lee/GC Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 23: Kim Kardashian attends David Grutman's and model Isabela Rangel wedding in Wynwood Wall on April 23, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/GC Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 28: TV personality Kim Kardashian and model Naomi Campbell take a selfie during the Los Angeles launch of 'Naomi' at Taschen Beverly Hills on April 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Taschen)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Rapper (L)Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are seen in Soho on May 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Kim Kardashian is seen in Soho on May 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Kim Kardashian attends the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12: Kim Kardashian is seen on May 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Kim Kardashian West arrives at the 'Grand Hyatt Martinez Hotel' during the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
American television personality Kim Kardashian attends the De Grisogono Party on the sidelines of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, at the Eden Roc hotel in Antibes, near Cannes, southeastern France, on May 17, 2016. / AFP / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET (Photo credit should read JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images)
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ROME, ITALY - MAY 22: Kim Kardashian attends the 'La Traviata' Premiere at Teatro Dell'Opera on May 22, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 26: Kim Kardashian and Olivia Munn attend Famous by Kanye West a private exhibition event at Blum And Poe, Los Angelesat Blum & Poe on August 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Kanye West)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Kim Kardashian is seen in Midtown on August 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
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"I'm not going to be funny on the day after the election, when I was horrified and crying all night."
Chelsea Handler

What could they have done differently?
Stop covering [Trump] so much. They were treating him as an entertainer first. It was a reality show. We've turned into a reality show. I blame the Kardashians, personally; the beginning of the end was the Kardashians. The way these people have blown up and don't go away — it's surreal. Everyone is for sale. We're looking at a man that gets mad at Vanity Fair for reviewing his restaurant poorly. By the way, have you ever been to that restaurant? It's the biggest piece of garbage you've ever walked into. That place looks like a Southwest airport lounge. It's the worst.

The fact that there have been so many scandals on his campaign was reminiscent of a reality show.
Somebody should have put a stop to it. The idea that so many people were so wrong about the outcome is so screwed up. The fact that Russia is interfering with our election is beyond repair. How do we ever recover from that? What's to prevent them from doing it for the rest of our lives?

Women were an important part of Clinton's coalition. Yet Megyn Kelly was attacked when she called out Trump's sexism.
I like Megyn Kelly. She's a badass. There's a toddler in the White House, and it's not one of the children. The other thing about his children, they have absolutely no influence over him. The idea that Ivanka is going to help women, or do anything for women, is absurd, because she's a puppet. They're all his puppets. They're scared s–tless of him, and the fact that they're still around him means they have never stood up to him.

Did you see that Trump met with Kanye West?
Kanye needs to get on his meds.

Could Trump be impeached?
I hope so. Probably. But how would they even get him out of there? He doesn't abide by laws and rules. They'd have to physically remove him. It's becoming clearer what a sociopath he is. I think our job as entertainers — or my job — is to reach across and figure out the people who are so disenchanted that they voted for him, and try to find some common ground.

Do you think a Trump voter could watch your show?
Yeah, I think so. As long as you're not racist or a bigot, we can find common ground. A lot of these people don't have time to watch the news. They are working three jobs. I get that the working class is fed up. That's important to get. When there's such divisiveness, it's so ugly. Who wants to f–king fight all the time?

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