LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Chelsea Handler fired back at a former employee who said she "lived in fear" while working for the famous comedian.
Speaking on Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show Tuesday, Handler responded to Heather McDonald -- who made an appearance on the Allegedly podcast earlier that day -- saying "I could have fired her. I did not fire her. She had a job for four more years."
McDonald had earlier asserted on the podcast she felt Handler was "a good person," but her writing position on the talk show Chelsea Lately had her in constant fear of losing her job. "I enjoyed my time there, I was happy, but I mean something would happen and my heart would be beating and I would be like, 'Is this it?' -- you know? And then somehow I just managed to keep surviving."
Handler, 40, explained McDonald had been selling stories about her to gossip magazines in exchange for a shot at expanded fame. "I never hung out with her personally again," the Chelsea Does... host said. "So I hope she was living in fear. It's not an internment camp. If you're living in that much fear, go get another job."
McDonald was allegedly good at her job, Handler said, so she didn't mind having her on the payroll, but she said she "withdrew" from her employee in all ways except professionally.
"I just thought it was a betrayal," Handler said. "I wouldn't hang out with her, I wouldn't be alone with her. You know, she's somebody who would love to hear about Jennifer Aniston's house on the weekend. I could never, ever share my personal life with her again."