Chelsea Handler’s New Beau: An Animal Trainer!

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Chelsea Handler has been mating with a new man: animal trainer Dave Salmoni.

On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Wednesday, the comedian, 35 — who split from Comcast CEO Ted Harbert earlier this year — confirmed that she is seeing Salmoni, 34, host of The Animal Planet show Into the Pride.

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"He's really cute," Handler gushed. "It's nice to date somebody who can protect you from a bear or a lion."

She first noticed him when he appeared on her late night E! show Chelsea Lately.

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"I looked at him and I thought, 'I would like to get penetrated by that!'" she said.

And she wasn't afraid to make the first move.

"I've never played hard to get," Handler said. "If I like something, I have to tell them, 'I like you! Come with me!'"

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Salmoni seems smitten as well.

On her July 19 show, he got a little flirty. "It sounds like you've been telling people that you've given me more than just a kiss," he teased. "I hear you're talking a lot about me!"

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