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Faces & Names: Handler, CBS talk late-night spot

Chelsea Handler is in talks with CBS for a late-night talk show, according to an individual close to the producer and the E! talk show host.

CBS contacted Handler to discuss the potential of hosting a syndicated show in the wake of her announcing this week that she’s leaving E! when her contract expires at the end of the year. But Handler has told CBS that she isn’t interested in that option.

As a result, CBS then expressed interest in considering Handler for Craig Ferguson’s 11:30 p.m. slot.

She will be meeting with CBS Corp.’s chairman and CEO Les Moonves in the next few weeks to continue the discussions of joining CBS’s late-night lineup, the individual said. But, David Letterman’s retirement announcement on Thursday has changed the landscape for her. Handler now has her eye on Letterman’s “Late Show” spot instead.