Chelsea Handler may joke about her drinking habits quite often, but the E! talk show host explained how she learned her lesson with liquor after getting a DUI while promoting the new series Are You There Chelsea? in Pasadena, Calif., on Friday afternoon.
“Its not alcoholism. Its alcohol tendencies,” the Chelsea Lately star joked to reporters of her drinking habits at a TCA panel discussion and explained, “Obviously, I am not that much of a mess if I get myself to work every day.”
The now 36-year-old spoke of getting pulled over at the age of 21 for driving under the influence of alcohol, a situation Laura Prepon attempts to emulate on the NBC show as she plays the role of Chelsea.
“Luckily, it was the week after I turned 21. But I had my sister’s fake ID, the one I am playing on the show, and gave it to the police officers and that’s where I really got into big trouble because it wasn’t me. I forgot I had turned 21. I was like, ‘Oh wait! I am legal,’” the comedian laughed at the Langham Hotel.
While Chelsea admits that drinking and driving is definitely “irresponsible,” she thinks that correcting her behavior is the best way to move forward.
“I mean if you are correcting you’re behavior, its not a repeat thing,” the New Jersey native told reporters during the panel of irresponsible behavior when she was younger. “In real life I got a DUI once. I haven’t gotten one since.”
Catch Are You There Chelsea?, with the former That 70s Show actress starring as a quite rambunctious Chelsea in her early twenties, Thursday nights on NBC.