The NBC sitcom based on Chelsea Handler’s book Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea has fired three of the show’s main actors. Unfortunately, Chelsea Handler is not one of those people.
Sources confirm to [TV Line] that nearly half of the show’s ensemble — including White Collar alum Natalie Morales, onetime ER nurse Angel Laketa Moore and Chelsea Lately staple Jo Koy — have been let go. A spokesperson for the show confirmed that the trio would not be moving forward with the series for creative reasons. Their characters are currently being reconceived. [TV Line]
In case you’re not familiar enough with those names to match them to faces, Morales plays Laura Prepon’s best friend/realtor person in the clip above, Moore plays Prepon’s black coworker, and Koy — a friend of Handler’s who’s appeared on “Chelsea Lately” 38 times — is the particularly unfunny bald guy.
It’s a small step in the right direction for “Vodka,” which is slated for a midseason debut. Too small of a step. It’s like firing three deck hands on the Titanic.