Heather McDonald Responds to Chelsea Handler Brouhaha

McDonald insists she never conducted any under-handed business with Us Weekly.

It’s worth noting that if you listen to the entire Allegedly podcast that got this whole mini-media feud started, Heather McDonald was actually quite fair about her former boss, Chelsea Handler. While she made a couple of (advance-teased) remarks that were widely disseminated, she more often complimented her seven-years E! colleague and acknowledged Handler’s right to run things as the host saw fit.

McDonald also revealed on that Jan. 19 podcast that when Chelsea Lately’s run was abruptly ended, she and the other writers got the short end of the contract stick. While other staffers received severance packages, she says the writers on WGA contract did not.

Today, on her weekly podcast, McDonald starts off by responding to the criticism leveled at her by Handler via Howard Stern and Jenny McCarthy’s SiriusxXM programs on Tuesday. From the top of today’s episode of Juicy Scoop With Heather McDonald:

“I have never exchanged stories with Us Weekly or any other publication about Chelsea Handler or any other celebrities, in exchange for them running photos of me. This never happened…”

“I’m an honest person. If you listen to this podcast, I have an amazing memory and I am brutally honest.”

From there, McDonald does a fun riff with guest Amy Phillips about this topic, with the pair respectively adopting the personas of Real Housewives Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Chelsea Handler Fires Back at Heather McDonald