The allegations against her talk program are being addressed by Kelly Clarkson. Kelly Clarkson responded with a statement on Instagram after 11 current and former employees of The Kelly Clarkson Show alleged that the program is “a toxic work environment” in a Rolling Stone exposé. In her essay, she said, “I’ve always led with my heart and what I believed to be right in my 20 years in the entertainment industry.”
“I love my crew at ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show,’ and it is intolerable to learn that anyone feels unheard or insulted on this program. I have always been and will always be devoted to making “The Kelly Clarkson Show” a secure and healthy place. As we get ready to move to the east coast, I am more determined than ever to make sure that both our moving team and our new team in New York are made up of the greatest and kindest people in the industry.
All of the top personnel, including myself, will receive leadership training as part of that build, she added. “There is always room to grow and ensure we are all being/becoming the best versions of ourselves in any business, especially when it comes to leadership, to ensure that any notion of toxicity is eradicated.” In response to the piece, an NBCU official told ET that “We are committed to a safe and respectful work environment and take workplace complaints very seriously, and to insinuate otherwise is untrue.”
This prompted Clarkson to make her comment. The representative stated, “When issues are reported, they are swiftly evaluated, investigated, and addressed as necessary. The Kelly Clarkson Show aspires to provide a welcoming, respectful, and equal workplace that promotes diversity and creativity. Despite allegations in the exposé that the staff members were overworked and underpaid and that these factors contributed to their poor mental health, Clarkson herself was praised as “fantastic.”
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One former employee told the newspaper that Kelly “has no idea how unhappy her staff is,” and another described The Voice coach as “a person who never treats anyone with anything but dignity and is incredibly appreciative.” The second ex-worker remarked, “I’d be stunned if she knew. If she knew the crew wasn’t getting paid for two weeks of Christmas vacation, I’d be shocked.
If she learned that, Kelly—the Kelly I interacted with and the Kelly everyone knows—would likely be horrified. According to a source who spoke to ET, Clarkson “was completely shielded by the executive producers from everything” that occurred on her show. A former staff member claimed that, aside from the host, working on the talk show was “by far the worst experience” they had ever had, adding that it left them “traumatized.”
Several workers also mentioned that they had complained to human resources, but they remarked that nothing seemed to have happened. However, not everyone on The Kelly Clarkson Show had a bad day. “The Rolling Stone piece caught me off guard. The workplace at Kelly is fast-paced and stressful, but nothing about it qualifies as poisonous, a staff member told ET. Even though we had to end the show early due to the writers’ strike, we are still being paid by the program.
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The exposé followed the announcement that The Kelly Clarkson Show’s production would relocate to New York City this fall, setting up shop at NBC Studios in Manhattan’s 30 Rockefeller Center. The Kelly Clarkson Show has been renewed through 2025. The staff member ET spoke to stated that production is “finding a way for staff to stay in L.A. to work on the show even though the show will shoot in New York next season.” However, not all of the show’s employees will be moving to New York.
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