Essex County Native To Be Inducted Into NJ Hall Of Fame

The statewide Hall of Fame revealed that comedian Chelsea Handler will be an honoree this year, months after she complained on national television that she hadn’t been admitted to the Livingston High School Hall of Fame and claimed her abortions in high school prevented her from being in.

Last week, the New Jersey Hall of Fame revealed the names of its 14th class of honorees, which included Handler, former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski, and Max Weinberg of the E Street Band. Handler and Weinberg will be inducted into the NJ Hall of Fame.

More than 180 notable New Jerseyans have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since 2008. The event this year will be streamed live online on My9NJ, PBS, and social media.

The youngest of six children, Handler graduated from Livingston High in 1993 (see the yearbook photo). Seymour Handler, the proprietor of her father’s gas station, passed away four years prior.

This summer, Handler argued that her exclusion from the high school’s hall of fame was due to abortions she had while a student. In response, the school labeled her claims “false” and said that nobody had been admitted since the outbreak.

Handler published a new autobiography in 2019. She claimed that she and her boyfriend from Livingston High had experienced multiple marijuana-related arrests.

Handler has recently expressed her desire to lead a new talk show and noted the dearth of female late-night TV hosts. She and the comedian Jo Koy recently separated as well.

She said on Instagram last month, “Jo and I filmed this video early in anticipation of celebrating our one year together, but as many of you have observed, it is with a heavy heart to say that we have jointly decided it is best for us to take a hiatus.


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