, reportedly generating million in ad revenue a year, according to , four best-selling books that have together sold nearly 3 million copies, even her own publishing imprint with Hachette Book Group USA.

In fact, she's beyond lovely--open and warm, utterly unfazed by cringe-worthy direct questions, like when I ask her about the cancellation of her ratings-challenged, critically panned NBC sitcom ("obviously I care about anything I do, but this was more of a pain in the ass after a while"); or when I inquire about her current boyfriend, hotelier Andre Balazs, of whom she once warned a reporter she would never discuss ("I'm definitely worried about maintaining my relevance and not wanting to go too far out of bounds to accommodate someone else"); or even when I ping her about accusations--courtesy of the original celebrity shit-talker, Joan Rivers--that she "made it on her back, fucking" ex-boss Ted Harbert, current chairman of NBC Broadcasting and former E!

Entertainment Television chief who put 's monster success: Since it debuted five years ago, it's become the most popular late-night talk show among women 18 to 34, a clutch demographic for advertisers; the show has been a veritable cash cow for E!

(CNN) -- Comedian Chelsea Handler often aims to spark controversy, and one of her latest Instagram snapshots is no exception.

It shows Handler posing topless astride a horse in the style of a famous photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In April 2006, Handler began hosting The Chelsea Handler Show on E! In 2007, Handler performed with Comedy Central‘s Hour Stand-Up Comedy Tour across the United States.

Her stand-up comedy has also been televised on VH1’s Love Lounge, Comedy Central‘s Premium Blend, and HBO’s broadcast of the Aspen Comedy Festival.

At 21, she turned a legal lemon into lemonade when a DUI prompted her entree into stand-up comedy.

It was while working as a waitress that she gave stand-up a whirl -- and immediately found her calling.

Chelsea Handler's barbed humor is taking her from late-night to Netflix. network's formidable comedian and celebrity interviewer, Handler's moving on to uncharted waters.

Here's how she's carved her path: A New Jersey native, Handler first moved to Los Angeles at 19 with the goal of becoming an actress.

“Chelsea has nine months left on her contract, and E!