Kelly Clarkson, the Grammy Award-winning singer and judge on NBC’s “The Voice,” is speaking out after a bombshell report about a hostile, “toxic” staff environment on her eponymous talk show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
In the report, which was originally published by Rolling stone last week, former employees claimed they were overworked and underpaid, called the environment “traumatizing for their mental health” and noted that Clarkson “had no clue” about everything that went on behind closed doors.
The news shocked fans and, it seems, Clarkson himself.
“Kellie [Clarkson] it’s fantastic. She is a person who never treats anyone with anything but dignity and is incredibly grateful,” a former employee of the show, who chose to remain anonymous, told the outlet. “I’d be shocked if she knew. I’d be floored if she knew staff don’t get paid for two weeks of Christmas break. The Kelly I hung out with and everyone knows would probably be pretty horrified to hear that.
Other anonymous employees blamed upper management and executive producer Alex Duda for fostering an environment that directly harmed employees’ mental health.
“It’s stopped me from ever wanting to work during the day again,” said one employee candidly. “When I say I was traumatized, I was really traumatized… [It was] by far the worst experience I’ve ever had in my entire life.”
Clarkson quickly responded to the allegations on her personal social media accounts in a series of notes on Instagram to her 6.6 million followers.
“I have always led with my heart and what I believe is right,” Clarkson wrote of her show which first aired in 2019. “It is unacceptable to find someone feeling unheard and/or disrespected in this show.”
Clarkson further revealed that the show will move its filming location to the East Coast of California’s Universal Studios Lot. The show’s next season will be filmed at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
She went on to say that senior staff, including herself, will receive leadership training and made it clear that “any notion of toxicity will be stamped out.”
“I am more committed than ever to making sure that not only our team that is moving, but also our new team in New York, is compromised with the best and nicest in the business,” she wrote.
Clarkson’s post had received more than 289,619 likes by Monday afternoon.
“The Kelly Clarkson Show” was recently renewed through 2025. The show is currently on hiatus due to ongoing strikes organized by the Writers’ Guild of America.
The show has won 13 Daytime Emmy Awards to date. from Clarkson net value is estimated at $45 million.