Kelly Clarkson will take over Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show slot in 2022
The titular NBC series singer, The Kelly Clarkson Show, will enter DeGeneres’ timeslot in 2022, PEOPLE has confirmed.
“These are remarkable achievements for a talk show in its second season. We look forward to Ellen DeGeneres’ 19th season paired with Kelly Clarkson for what is sure to be a blockbuster year. By 2022, The Kelly Clarkson Show will be the star of our daytime entertainment programs and an asset to our early afternoon newscasts,” said Valari Staab, president of NBCUniversal Local. The Hollywood Reporter, who was the first to break the news.
“The Kelly Clarkson Show is one of the most optimistic success stories of first-run syndication,” added Tracie Wilson, executive vice president of NBCUniversal Syndication Studios. “It’s a valuable part of NBCUniversal Syndication Studios’ offering and we’re proud to partner with NBC Owned Television Stations Group to continue the show’s success.”
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She continued, “Kelly and our entire production team have poured their hearts, intentions and incredible passion into creating a show that resonates with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. We’re working on big plans for season three and we look forward to becoming the premier daytime show for years to come.”
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“As great as this show is and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” the TV personality said. The Hollywood Reporter while making the announcement on May 12, noting that she had planned for two years to leave in 2022.
A source of entertainment told PEOPLE that DeGeneres is “confident” in her decision to step down.
“It’s sad that the show ended like this, but Ellen seems confident she made the right decision,” the insider said, adding, “After the workplace toxicity allegations, the question was rather to know when [the show] end and not whether it will end.”
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The allegations became public in July, when BuzzFeed News published a report in which current and former staff members spoke anonymously about their experiences on set, which included allegations of being penalized for taking sick leave, instances of racial microaggressions, and fear of retaliation for filing complaints.
DeGeneres discussed the controversy, which sparked a internal investigation last summer, in his first THR interview, saying it “almost had an impact on the show”.
“It hurt me a lot. I mean, very. But if I had left the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season,” she said, adding that the situation “m ‘destroyed, honestly. I’d be lying if I said no.”
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As for Clarkson, 39, his own self-titled show premiered in September 2019, which later earned him a Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host in June 2020. In December, NBC announced that she had been renewed for two more seasons, until 2023.
A source before told PEOPLE that Clarkson was “the logical choice” to take over DeGeneres’ time slot on NBC.
The source added that DeGeneres’ exit came as no surprise: “She was almost out before the controversy. She’s been talking about leaving for a few years now, but that was definitely the last straw.”