Chelsea Handler might want to double-check what medication she’s using in the future after she apparently unknowingly took a certain weight loss drug!
In case you didn’t know, there has been a lot of chatter over the internet about celebrities’ controversial off-label use of medication to help them shed some pounds — specifically with the drug Ozempic. The prescription med is meant to help treat those who have Type 2 diabetes, but it can also result in weight loss. It’s become popular for those looking to quickly slim down, but there is a major issue. Due to the high demand for Ozempic, there is now a shortage of the drug — meaning those who really need it are possibly unable to access it at this time.
Many have called out A-listers, including Kyle Richards and Khloé Kardashian, for allegedly using the medication. Both of them previously shut down the allegation. But Chelsea isn’t afraid to come forward and fess up to using. However, the 47-year-old comedian insists she “didn’t know” she was on it at first. During an appearance on the Call Her Daddy podcast on Wednesday, she shared that her anti-aging doctor “just hands” the drug “out to anybody … to drop five pounds,” noting:
“Obviously, now I can’t say her name.”
Although Chelsea knew she was taking a medication called Semaglutide at the time, she claimed to have no idea that it was another name for Ozempic until she went out to grab some food with a friend. The Chelsea Lately host explained:
“I came back from a vacation and I injected myself with it. I went to lunch with a girlfriend a few days later, and she was like, ‘I’m not really eating anything. I’m so nauseous, I’m on Ozempic.’ I was like, ‘I’m kind of nauseous too.’ But I had just come back from Spain and was jet-lagged. I had been there for a month. White privilege.”
But Chelsea’s friend was skeptical that her symptoms were just from traveling. When her buddy asked if she was “sure” she wasn’t on the medication, the author said:
“What is it? I’m on Semaglutide.”
That’s when the friend revealed to her:
Chelsea told host Alexandra Cooper that it’s a “miracle [drug] … too good to be true” – but also recognized how “irresponsible” it is to take it. While she has the medicine in her home, she said that she is “not on it anymore”:
“I’m an irresponsible drug user, but I’m not gonna take a diabetic drug. I tried it, and I’m not gonna do that. That’s not for me. That’s not right for me.”
It’s inneresting that she admitted to using the drug, considering the criticism surrounding non-diabetics taking it. Good for her on owning up to it — and pointing out just how common it is among the rich and famous, if her doc is suggesting it to everyone! Reactions, Perezcious readers? Let us know in the comments below.
[Image via Chelsea Handler/Instagram]