Jo Koy discusses ‘next chapter’ with Chelsea Handler

Jo Koy is embracing his friendship with ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler.


While visiting the carpet for his new film Easter SundayKoy, 51, shared where he and Handler, 47, stand after their split last month.


“We’re great friends and always will be,” Koy said entertainment tonight. “I will always fight for her and she will always fight for me – and we will win, everyone wins.”


The standup comedian added that it feels “great” to be friends again. He explained to the outlet, “It’s always been like this, so it’s the next chapter.”




This isn’t the first time the actor has opened up about the former couple’s renewed friendship. Right after the break last month, Koy spoke to TMZ about how they were doing.


“All is well. We’re taking a break,” Koy said. “We’re great friends, we’ve always been great friends. The love is still there.”


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When asked if the two exes are still in touch, Koy said, “Yeah…but love. That’s all.” He then refrained from revealing who pulled the plug on the relationship, calling it a “private” matter.


Koy was also asked if he was ready to “jump back into the dating pool.” To that, Koy laughed and said he’s “just going to focus on this movie thing right now.”


Jo Koy and Chelsea Handler.
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Handler announced the couple’s split on Instagram on July 18, sharing a video to be released to mark their one-year anniversary.


“It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that we have decided together that it is best for us to take a break from our relationship now,” said the former Chelsea host wrote. “I know many of you have invested in our love and I wanted to tell you how much it meant to both of us. How much it still means And how much I now believe in love for each of us. This man opened my heart to love and through him my life experience changed forever.”


She continued, “Being loved and adored by @jokoy has been one of the greatest gifts of my life. He renewed my belief in men, in love, in being 100% who I am, and I’ve never been so optimistic about the future.”


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The best-selling author said Koy “burst my creativity, my desire to work hard again, to be on the road again.” Handler also credited Koy with “reminding me of who I was and always was.”


“This is not an end. It’s another beginning, and it’s a comfort to know that I’m still loved and love this man as the sun loves the moon and the moon loves the sun. YOUR PERSON COMES,” she concluded. “So please keep cheering for both of us because you never know what life will bring and first of all let’s start by all going to the theater on August 5th to buy tickets for Jo’s new movie Easter Sunday and Filipino PRIDE! Let’s go!”




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In his own breakup post, Koy said the former couple “will always remain good friends and will always have love for one another.”


“I’m her biggest fan and can’t wait for you all to see what she has in store for the future,” he added. “Keep Killing It Chelsea! Mahal Kita!”


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A mutual friend introduced Handler and Koy to each other more than 20 years ago. After that, Koy made frequent appearances on Handler’s E! Late Night Series Chelsea latelywhich aired from 2007 to 2014.


The pair sparked dating rumors in September 2021 after they were spotted cozying up at a Los Angeles Dodgers game. Handler confirmed their relationship later that month, sharing a photo of the two kissing on Instagram. She later called Koy “the best friend” she ever had.


Handler has since called the couple’s split “painful.”


“I’m, you know, optimistic about the future now,” she said on the We can do hard things with Glennon Doyle podcast last month. “I’ve changed so much and my love was so big it just blew my mind. And as painful as the ending of something like this is, I’m so well-versed in therapy and I understand that every door that closes is a new beginning and I believe it.”


Easter Sunday opens on Friday.

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