Chelsea Handler has plenty of experience hosting her own television talk show on E!, but how did this transfer over to hosting the Video Music Awards (VMA) on MTV?
Chelsea Handler is a popular comedian and talk show host. Chelsea Handler’s talk show, Chelsea Lately, airs late night on E! Entertainment Television. Although Handler rarely books top celebrities, Chelsea Lately is a huge success with a large audience. Chelsea Handler has also written three 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. This was Handler’s first time hosting the VMAs, and she is the second woman in the Video Music Awards’ history to host the awards solo.
Chelsea Handler showed in her opening monologue that she wasn’t going to “play nice” as a host. Handler spoke about alcohol, weed, and Kanye West’s stage storming all within the first fifteen minutes of the Video Music Awards. The VMA opening also included Handler in a short video with Lindsay Lohan, a popular topic of Handler’s, with Lohan shaping a “drunk” Handler up to host the show. Lindsay Lohan looked good in the skit, and her cameo is one of her first professional appearances since her stint in jail and rehab.
The short jokes Handler fit in between presenters and performances were her usual raunchy, offensive style, which fit in well with the vibe of the Video Music Awards. The “meet and greet” pre-recordings Handler did with the nominees carried nicely through the program and had consistent laughs. Chelsea Handler’s time on stage, however, did come across as predictable with easy jokes at Lady Gaga and the Jersey Shore cast; Handler also seemed as stilted in her jokes as the presenters during their short blurbs. Although Handler maintained amusement throughout the VMAs, she never “wowed” as the host.
The performances by the many talented artists were the highlights of the Video Music Awards with some truly awesome acts. Eminem’s opening act with Rihanna was phenomenal. The highly anticipated performances of Taylor Swift and Kanye West, although not living up to the hype, were also entertaining. The Video Music Awards were an evening full of fun and Chelsea Handler did a decent job as the host of the night.
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