Chelsea Handler: VMA host, Critics Unimpressed!

September 13, 2010

The Chelsea Handler VMA host opening gig didn’t go exactly as fabulous as critics thought it would go. In fact, people were quite frankly disappointed with the way that Handler handled herself. You either love Chelsea or hate her, but last night we are hearing that not many were thrilled with Handler’s performance. Read more and see the opening here!

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The Chelsea Handler, VMA host, opening skit was just short of being the most annoying part of the VMA’s event last night in Los Angeles. In fact, some critics are saying that Handler was the worst VMA’s host in the event’s history. What do you think? Is that a little harsh?

If you are a fan of the usually always funny Handler on her television show, you may or may not have been a tad disappointed in her VMA’s performance last night.

The NY Times is citing Handler as “among the worst [hosts] in the show’s history.” The newspaper adds, “Here, she never looked comfortable, undone by nerves, brittle material, and the wattage of those around her.” In addition she was “purposefully out-of-touch, with brief, alarming flashes of off-color racial humor.”

The Washington Post critiqued Handler’s opening skit as being “a string of flat punch lines that felt a few degrees below crass.”

So I am thinking it is safe to assume that Handler will not be hosting any future shows for MTV. Fans are already campaigning for next year’s MTV VMA’s host. In fact, a Facebook campaign has already been formed to rally support behind Kathy Griffin.

A fan posted, “Lets be honest… Who better to narrate the night for which a lot of her stand up material generates? On top of that, she will provide the commentary that will save the show from Miley’s and Bieber’s appearances.”

The only qualm I have about Griffin as host is her lame infatuation with Levi Johnston.

Check out Chelsea Handler’s VMA opening monologue below and let me know what you think. Was Handler fabulously fierce or a big fat flop?

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16 Responses to “Chelsea Handler: VMA host, Critics Unimpressed!”

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    Tookl Says:

    I thought she was great. They just didn’t give her enough contact with the nominees. She was MUCH better than some others, including Russell Brand.

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    Amerie Says:

    I thought she was abosolutely hilarious!

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    K Mac Says:

    I LOVE HER! While I enjoyed the show, I don’t think she was in her element; the greatest thing about Chelsea is her willingness to say and do anything, and I’m sure there were many restrictions put on her. I stand by my woman however – she did what she could and looked great!

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    Kdawgs woman Says:

    Chelsey was fabulous as always. She is the only reason I watched the VMA’s,(a.k.a. all we know how to appreciate are rude Rappers) show. Seriously people… there are other types of music out there to be appreciated.

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    Denise Says:

    I love Chelsea. But I was expecting alot more of her. I felt as though she didnt have enough contact with the audience/viewers. She should have had more air time!

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    Thomas Says:

    The entire show was awkward and uncomfortable to watch. I like Chelsea but let’s face it she sucked it big time!

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    jmd0116 Says:

    I thought her skits were frickin hilarious. The new artist bits were classic Chelsea. I wanted to like her live – it didn’t seem her best environment. I don’t think she was the worst by any standard.

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    MNW Says:

    I prefer Russel Brand’s hosting style over hers, but she did okay.

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    Jen Says:

    She did ok. Not AMAZING but she held her own.

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    Joan Says:

    I mean, she did OKAY, but I wasn’t really impressed. It came off as kind of Amateur.

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