Kelly Clarkson Responds to ‘Toxic’ Workplace Complaints About Her Talk Show

The Kelly Clarkson Show (Credit: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal)

Kelly Clarkson is addressing allegations that her namesake talk show has a “toxic” work environment behind the scenes.

Rolling Stone published an article on Friday, with 11 current and former employees saying they were “overworked, underpaid, and that working at the show was traumatizing to their mental health.”

One source hit out at producer NBC, but said Clarkson is not to blame.

“NBC is protecting the show because it’s their new money maker, but Kelly has no clue how unhappy her staff is,” a former employee told Rolling Stone.

The season one American Idol champion addressed the complaints in a lengthy post on Instagram.

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“In my 20 years in the entertainment industry, I’ve always led with my heart and what I believed to be right. I love my team at The Kelly Clarkson Show, and to find out that anyone is feeling unheard and or disrespected on this show is unacceptable,” Clarkson wrote in an Instagram post.

“I have always been, and will continue to be, committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment at The Kelly Clarkson Show. As we prepare for a move to the East Coast, I am more committed than ever to ensuring that not only our team that is moving, but also our new team in NY, is comprised of the best and kindest in the business,” she continued.

The statement ended with, “Part of that build will include leadership training for all of the senior staff, including myself. There is always room to grow and ensure we are all being/becoming the best version of ourselves in any business. Especially when it comes to leadership, to ensure that any notion of toxicity is eradicated.”

The Kelly Clarkson Show airs nationwide and first started premiered in 2019. It was created by Paul Telegdy.