Chelsea Handler said she unknowingly tried the injectable diabetes drug Ozempic, which has reportedly become Hollywood’s new favorite weight-loss drug.
On Wednesday’s episode of Alex Cooper’s “Call Her Daddy” podcast, the “Chelsea Lately” comedian explained how she ended up using the drug, also known as semaglutide.
“My anti-aging doctor just gives it to anyone,” she told Cooper. “I didn’t even know he was on it.”
Handler alleged that his doctor told him to use Ozempic “if he ever wants to lose 5 pounds.” After getting the dose from him, Handler took the shot and went to lunch with a friend a few days later.
“[My friend’s] like, ‘I’m not really eating anything, I’m so nauseated. I’m on Ozempic. And I was like, ‘I’m a little nauseous too,’” Handler recalled.
She first dismissed the nausea as jet lag and told her friend she was taking semaglutide, who said it’s the same as Ozempic. Common side effects for those who use Ozempic include nausea, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, and vomiting.
“I’m not in it anymore. I stopped drinking [it]Handler said on the podcast. “That’s too irresponsible.”
Earlier on the podcast, Handler claimed that “everyone takes Ozempic” and called the drug a “miracle” that is “too good to be true.”
“I’m an irresponsible drug addict, but I’m not going to take a diabetes drug, I’ve tried it and I won’t,” she said. “That’s not for me, that’s not right for me.”
In early January, the comedian joked about Hollywood’s supposed love for Ozempic as a new weight-loss drug at the 2023 Critics Choice Awards.
“Gaslighting is when someone tries to convince you that your own perceptions of reality are wrong, like when celebrities say they lost weight by drinking water, but it’s really because everyone is on Ozempic,” he said during his opening monologue, earning laughs. and applause.
She told Cooper during the podcast that she “shot about four or five of my friends with Ozempic” but didn’t want to continue using the drug due to its limited supply.
“It’s going to backfire,” Handler said. “Something bad is going to happen.”