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Chelsea Handler Fires Back at Heather McDonald's Claims: 'I Hope She Was Living In Fear'

Chelsea Handler Fires Back at Heather McDonald's Claims: 'I Hope She Was Living In Fear'

Chelsea Handler is calling out her former employee Heather McDonald, who said she “lived in fear” while working on Chelsea Lately.

“I lived in fear, 100 percent lived in fear,” Heather, 45, said on the Allegedly podcast. “I enjoyed my time there, I was happy, but I mean something would happen and my heart would be beating and I would be like, ‘Is this it?’ – you know? And then somehow I just managed to keep surviving.”

Chelsea went on Howard Stern‘s SiriusXM show on Tuesday (January 19) and cleared up the drama, saying Heather actually sold stories about her to the press.

“I could have fired her. I did not fire her. She had a job for four more years. I never hung out with her personally again. So I hope she was living in fear,” Chelsea said. “It’s not an internment camp. If you’re living in that much fear, go get another job.”

“I just thought it was a betrayal … I wasn’t paranoid, I just withdrew from that whole social scene – I withdrew from her,” Chelsea continued. “I wouldn’t hang out with her, I wouldn’t be alone with her. You know, she’s somebody who would love to hear about Jennifer Aniston‘s house on the weekend. I could never, ever share my personal life with her again.”

Also pictured inside: Chelsea doing promo work for her new Netflix series on Tuesday (January 19) in New York City.

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  • Wendy

    Not saying Chelsea isn’t a terrible person, but I’ve heard that about Heather too…..sounds like she needs publicity and this will backfire on her.

  • leila

    Well Chelsea slept her way into a talk show and Heather gossiped her way into (trying to) being relevant Neither women has clean hands in this situation, I watched her show and she used to be quite mean, disrespectful and very insulting to some of her staff. Heather seemed VERY desperate to gain any fame in anyway. Also yet again Chelsea has to remind the world that she is friends with Jennifer Aniston, so she has used people the same way Heather has tried too.

  • Juan S. Camargo Visbal

    Dude that show was scripted and fake as fuck.

    Sleeping her way through fame and biting the hand that feeds you are very different things.

  • Snicker Doodle

    Truth be known, Handler and McDonald cooked this whole saga up together to get some good publicity. You can not trust people like them.

  • Vavoline Johnson

    Chelsea sounded pretty resonable

  • Guestz

    Every person has the right to speak out about being mistreated or abused. That is what Heather did very vaguely and all Chelsea did was prove her point by flipping it around to make her look like the villain instead. Chelsea even reiterated that point by saying that she hoped Heather lived in fear. All Chelsea did was prove this point, that if anybody were to dare to speak out against her, she would get her revenge.

    Chelsea has attacked so many people with the most vile remarks yet she manages to spin this to the press against one former employee who spoke out against her. Yet she fires back by victim-blaming and lying when people expose her dirty ways. Even Joan Rivers called her out.

    Everytime this happens, Chelsea spins this around in her favor. Chelsea has trashed so many people with the most heinous remarks even to the point of making racist remarks about people’s children. She exploited her celebrity connections and it was being Aniston’s minion that increased her stature.

    Heather McDonald makes a couple of honest remarks in a podcast and then the press writes about it out of context. That is when the press wrote articles about it.

    Chelsea Handler spins this around to vilify Heather and mispotray her as the bad guy here. There is no validation to the false accusations that Heather sold stories to the tabloids. There hadn’t been any tabloid stories about Chelsea regarding this matter beforehand so she is full of bs. Chelsea made it clear that if you speak out against her tyranny, she will destroy you. Now Heather is being forced to backtrack and defend herself.

  • Guestz

    I guess Chelsea being the attack dog of another high profile actress and badmouthing people for a living didn’t get her publicity? Chelsea rose to fame by exploiting her celebrity connections and smearing people for headlines.

    There has been buzz for years about Chelsea mistreating and using people. Chelsea flips it around on Heather and spins it around to make herself look like the victim. Then people are naive enough to buy it.
    She always does when people try to expose her.

    Jennifer Lawrence, Nick Cannon, and etc spoke out against Chelsea Handler’s nasty comments.

    Chelsea is a master manipulator and will ensure that nobody exposes her for who she is. Case in point, how she reacted to Heather Mcdonald by smearing her when she described her as a boss.

  • Guestz

    I guess the media will slide the fact that Chelsea had an affair with her then-married producer Ted Harbert under the door. In fact, he has tried to bury the fact that he had a first wife named Susan at the time in the media. He had two kids wth her ( Emily and Will) but none of that is stated in the google bio. Chelsea got her job with E after that affair.

    Chelsea literally became a huge star by getting headlines for smearing a celebrity when she suddenly became friends with Aniston who she used to badmouth before they became “friends.”

    There are a lot of indications of Chelsea being a malicious person. That isn’t the case with Heather who is only being maligned because of Chelsea.

    Nobody seems to care about Chelsea’s inappropriate humor using celebrities, rape, fatness, and thinly veiled racism. Chelsea has even trashed her parents.

  • Guestz

    http://www.celebdirtylaundry.com/2014/chelsea-handler-hates-kim-kardashian-e-network-howard-stern-interview-audio-0318/

    ““E!’s just become a sad, sad place to live,” Chelsea says of the network that helps spread her wildfire, most of which targets the celeb world. “And, you know, I might be looking for a new house soon.”

    Chelsea also bit the hand that fed her many times. She trashed E in a Howard Stern interview in 2014. Chelsea is the biggest trash-talker in Hollywood who uses other celebs for PR.

    So it is okay for Chelsea to attack people when she wants but people can’t even say anything remotely about her? Now people are buying into the notion that Heather is terrible for saying something about her boss. All she said was that she was in fear of being fired and didn’t like how Handler handles her relationships.

  • MCQ

    Oh Chelsea Mandler, give me a break! Oh you’re so important! “I couldn’t tell her about my personal life at Jennifer Aniston’s house anymore.” Oh barf. She acts so self important it’s absolutely vomit inducing. SHE’S NOT EVEN REMOTELY FUNNY! Nothing she says is ever current or relevant, she just makes annoyed or disgusted faces and everyone is supposed to laugh hysterically, yet no one ever really laughs very much? She was on Howard Stern a few years ago complaining about Joan Rivers who didn’t give her enough respect. Joan Rivers didn’t owe her a thing, no one does!! Her only way of being funny is by making fun of Hispanic dwarfs…that’s not funny, it’s just pathetic Chelsea.

  • Aliyah

    This situation is just really uncomfortable. Heather was talking about being abused and her mistreatment. Chelsea is no angel. She has trash talked others to the press as wel so it’s ironic she complains about it when it’s done back to her.

  • Juan S. Camargo Visbal

    I’m not saying Chelsea was right, or Heather was wrong.

    I was stating how the situations described are very dissimilar.

  • Wendy

    I literally said “not saying she isn’t a terrible person”……that
    doesn’t mean that I haven’t read that Heather used to sell stories about
    her….calm down.

  • Guestz

    She didn’t sell stories about her to the tabloids. That was a lie from Chelsea Handler to smear Heather for vaguely telling the truth about her in a podcast.

    Telling the truth or exposing somebody for what they are really like shouldn’t backfire on you or cause a person to be smeared by lies. There is nothing to indicate that Heather sold stories about her. The media wrote articles about what Heather said which is different.

    This isn’t the first time Chelsea has gotten revenge or raked somebody over the coals for speaking out about her. Chelsea has a track record of trashing others for publicity and using dirty PR tactics. She will do anything to tear people down.

    “Hearing that about Heather too”, that notion is based on Chelsea attacking Heather with bs and false allegations while even being sinister enough to say that she hopes she was living in fear. She spread bs to justify her bullying of this woman.

  • Wendy

    There is absolutely no way that you can be sure of that, maybe she did do that, and just told your “source” that she didn’t. Neither of us have any idea what the real truth is. Seriously, I’m a random person on the internet lol, you’re not going to change my mind, because I really don’t care that much. It’s not like I’m going to go screaming it in the streets lol.

  • Wendy

    And p.s., I’ve read this about Heather a long time before Chelsea defended herself in response to the podcast.

  • An

    You claim to be a random person on the internet who doesn’t know the whole truth, which is fair enough. However, that doesn’t mean everyone else is the same so please don’t generalise.

  • An

    You claim to be a random person on the internet who doesn’t know the whole truth, which is fair enough. However, that doesn’t mean everyone else is the same so please don’t generalise.

  • An

    This is exactly why some people are afraid to speak about Chelsea candidly; they know she will retaliate by dragging them down the gutter with her vile attacks and trash talk.

  • An

    This is exactly why some people are afraid to speak about Chelsea candidly; they know she will retaliate by dragging them down the gutter with her vile attacks and trash talk.

  • An

    This is exactly why some people are afraid to speak about Chelsea candidly; they know she will retaliate by dragging them down the gutter with her vile attacks and trash talk.

  • An

    This is exactly why some people are afraid to speak about Chelsea candidly; they know she will retaliate by dragging them down the gutter with her vile attacks and trash talk.

  • Guestz

    I do know what the truth is. That is why I am so fired up about this. Chelsea is lying about Heather to damage her credibility and to malign her for telling the truth even though she barely said anything negative.

    I have to maintain my privacy. People will believe what they want to believe but it is frustrating that a lot of people are quick to believe Chelsea when she has such a long shady track record of this kind of behavior.

  • Wendy

    If you know so much about it why are you on a random internet site talking about it? Go tell the world if it fires you up so much, telling me won’t do anything…..

  • Guestz

    What part of maintaining privacy do you not understand? Just Jared isn’t some random internet site. I have a right to comment on this site like anybody else. People all around the world read what is on this site. You think there aren’t other people in the world who know the truth about matters? Do they all violate privacy and get themselves in the crossfire of high profile people? No. Do people sometimes comment on what they know about or believe to be true securely on a site without getting their hands too deep into it? Yes. All kinds of people share facts and insights so others out there can have the potential to be informed.

    This is the final time, I am responding to you. Yeezus.

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