Chelsea Handler learned pretty quickly that Netflix doesn’t mess around when it comes to sexual harassment.
While chatting with Jimmy Kimmel on Monday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to promote her documentary “Hello, Privilege. It’s Me Chelsea” with the streaming service, the comedian opened up about how politically incorrect her behaviour was when she started her long working relationship with Netflix over two years ago. Her talk show “Chelsea” wrapped in 2017.
“I got in trouble, I had to take sexual harassment training from Netflix right out of the gate,” Chelsea told a shocked Kimmel.
“Why sexual harassment?” he asked.
“That was the question I asked, actually,” Chelsea laughed. “I was like, ‘Wait, racial sensitivity training–’ They’re like, ‘You’re taking that, too.’”
According to Handler, her embrace of a woman caused all the training.
“When she got up, I gave her a hug to say ‘great job’ and kind of smacked her on the butt. That’s my sign of affection,” Handler tried to explain. “Like, that’s how I say, ‘Hey, sister, we’re friends, we’re sisters, we’re girls.’ It’s not a sexual affront because I’m straight, or so I thought.”
She added, “I got a call the next day and they said, ‘Okay, this girl was very upset, the woman you touched on the a$$.’ And I didn’t even remember it. And immediately, I became defensive. I was like, ‘Oh no.’ I’m like, ‘I’m not hitting on her.’ They’re like, ‘That’s not the issue.'”
“Hello, Privilege. It’s Me Chelsea” launches on Netflix Sept. 13.