OFFSTAGE: Chelsea Handler Calls Luke Bryan the “Sexier Version”

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Blake Shelton has been on Chelsea Lately almost 10 times. So you know Chelsea Handler is really, really into him. But Thursday night (March 7), her guest was another country guy: Luke Bryan . And when she asked him about Shelton, Bryan gave her a pretty fair assessment of his ACM co-host. “Blake is never serious. Like, never,” he said. “He will take you down a false road of seriousness, and then he’ll let it out there and freak the whole room out.” And Handler decided Bryan was the better country singer. Well, sexier anyway. “This is the sexier version of Blake Shelton,” she said, recalling what she thought the first time she saw Bryan. “I mean, you’re younger, you’re more sober, you’re cooler.” During their interview, Bryan also revealed how he controls his irresponsibility, how he knows when to get half as drunk and what his wife thinks when his fans have crushes on him. “She loves it. She gets it,” he said. “She’s like, ’Hey it pays the bills.'”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.