Chelsea Handler’s ex Jo Koy refuses to name who asked for the shock breakup

Talk show host Chelsea Handler and comedian Jo Koy shocked their fans when they announced their split this week.

And on Thursday the 51-year-old funny man told TMZ that they are ‘still great friends’ and have nothing but ‘love’ for each other as they take a ‘break’ after one year of dating.

But when the actor was asked who did the breaking up, Koy did not want to answer the question as all he offered was, ‘That’s private!’

No bad words: Talk show host Chelsea Handler and comedian Jo Koy shocked their fans when they announced their split this week. And on Thursday the 51-year-old funny man told TMZ that they are ‘still great friends’ and have nothing but ‘love’ for each other as they take a ‘break’ after one year of dating. Seen in 2021

Jo started out very friendly when the site caught up with him at an airport. 

‘Everything’s good you know, we’re taking a break, we’re great friends we’ve always been great friends the love is still there,’ shared the artist. ‘All love that’s all.’

Koy also hinted that they are still talking but he is wants to focus on his new film Easter Sunday. ‘I am just going to concentrate on this movie right now, I can’t wait for this thing to hit August 5th,’ shared the star.

Not dishing: But when the actor was asked who did the breaking up, Koy did not want to answer the question as all he offered was, 'That's private!' Seen in 2021

Not dishing: But when the actor was asked who did the breaking up, Koy did not want to answer the question as all he offered was, ‘That’s private!’ Seen in 2021

That was when he was asked who wanted the split. Jo simply said, ‘That’s private.’ He seemed to tense up a bit at the remark.

Earlier this week Handler addressed her split from Koy.

While on Wednesday’s episode of the podcast, We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle, the 47-year-old blonde said the breakup has been ‘painful.’

‘I’ve changed so much and my love was so big that it just blew me open. And as painful as the ending of something like that is, I’m so well-versed in therapy and understanding that every door shutting is a new beginning and I do believe it,’ she said.

Ouch! Handler said on Wednesday's episode of the podcast, We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle, that the split has been 'painful.' Seen in April in Las Vegas

Ouch! Handler said on Wednesday’s episode of the podcast, We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle, that the split has been ‘painful.’ Seen in April in Las Vegas

‘I’m okay. I feel, you know, optimistic about the future now,’ added the pal of Jennifer Aniston.

And the talk show star hinted that she might get back together with Koy one day.

‘I still believe that my person is coming, whether that is Jo Koy at a certain time or if it’s not, I accept that. I love him and he’s in his own path,’ she explained. 

So far she has had a lot of ups and downs. ‘It’s been an emotional rollercoaster,’ she noted.

Video: The Chelsea Lately star posted a hilarious video on Monday that was supposed to be shared to mark their first anniversary as a couple, but it announced their split

Video: The Chelsea Lately star posted a hilarious video on Monday that was supposed to be shared to mark their first anniversary as a couple, but it announced their split

‘One day you think you’re killing it and then next day you’re not killing it.’

And she admits that the two split because things were jut ‘not working.’ 

‘I think that when you have the grounding and the courage to say that something isn’t working, you’re saying a lot more than that to the whole world,’ she said.

 ‘You’re inviting in things that are going to be workable and more suited to your needs and what you’re available for.’

‘I’m not going to abandon myself,’ Handler added. ‘I have to choose myself.’

Breakup: The talk show host made the announcement in a heartfelt post on Instagram Monday. It was also funny as he touched her chest with a plastic hand

Breakup: The talk show host made the announcement in a heartfelt post on Instagram Monday. It was also funny as he touched her chest with a plastic hand 

Her pals have been helping her cope with the pain.

‘In therapy, out of therapy, with my girlfriends, with all my support systems knowing that when you’re in pain, sit with it. Not to go away and take an edible — even though I’ve always loved edibles,’ she joked. ‘Not to try to numb your pain.’    

She also noted that all the social media PDAs were not her thing, they were his. 

‘It’s nice to compromise, it’s nice to show your love publicly. That was something I was never able to do for anybody but I believe Jo needed that,’ she said.

The split was announced by video on Instagram. 

Full of love: On Thursday Handler shared a video where she said, 'Love is love and joy is joy' as she thanked her Instagram followers for all their support during her split from Koy

Full of love: On Thursday Handler shared a video where she said, ‘Love is love and joy is joy’ as she thanked her Instagram followers for all their support during her split from Koy

The Chelsea Handler: Evolution star wrote, ‘It is with a heavy heart to announce that we have decided together that it is best for us to take a break from our relationship right now.’

The post went on to thank their fans for supporting the relationship. 

The Chelsea Lately show host had only kind words for her new ex. 

‘This man blew my heart open with love and because of him, my life experience has changed forever. To be loved and adored by @jokoy has been one of the greatest gifts of my life. He renewed my faith in men, in love, in being 100% who I am, and I’ve never been more optimistic for the future.’

The Life Will Be the Death of Me author continued, ‘This is not an ending. It’s another beginning, and it’s a comfort to know that I am still loved and love this man the way the sun loves the moon and the moon loves the sun. YOUR PERSON IS COMING.’

She also encouraged her 4.6 million followers to buy tickets to her former beau’s upcoming film, Easter Sunday, which opens August 5.

The pair met almost two decades ago through a mutual friend which resulted in Jo was a frequent guest on the E! show, Chelsea Lately.  They were spotted last September at a Los Angeles Dodger’s game and went Instagram official shortly after. 

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