Kelly Clarkson is facing allegations of a toxic work environment on her talk show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” Former and current employees came forward with complaints of mistreatment, favoritism, mental health issues, lack of accountability, and inadequate pay. These allegations were detailed in a Rolling Stone article that was published on May 12.
In response, Clarkson addressed the accusations and received praise for her statement. She expressed her love for her team and stated that it is unacceptable for anyone to feel unheard or disrespected on her show. Clarkson assured her commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for everyone involved.
“The Kelly Clarkson Show” is currently one of the top-rated syndicated daytime talk shows on TV. It was recently announced that the show will be moving its studio shoots from Los Angeles to New York later this year to receive tax credits. In her statement, Clarkson mentioned that she and her senior staff will undergo leadership training, both in Los Angeles and with the new team in New York.
According to the Rolling Stone article, the show’s showrunner and executive producer, Alex Duda, has been accused of creating a toxic workplace. Former staffers claimed instances of bullying and retaliation from producers reporting to Duda. They also alleged that their concerns were not properly addressed despite filing multiple complaints with human resources.
NBCUniversal, the network behind “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” responded to the allegations with a statement affirming their commitment to a safe and respectful work environment. They stated that workplace complaints are promptly reviewed, investigated, and acted upon. NBCUniversal emphasized their goal of building an inclusive and creative workplace culture.
Staffers mentioned in the Rolling Stone report that Clarkson may have been unaware of the alleged mistreatment. They described her as fantastic, treating her staff with dignity and appreciation. Viewers and former colleagues of Clarkson showed support for her statement, praising her character and expressing their positive experiences working with her.
However, some individuals called for further action from Clarkson. They suggested that she should accept full accountability and take additional steps to ensure a healthy work environment. Recommendations included hiring a liaison to monitor the workplace, conducting surprise visits to assess the atmosphere, and listening in on random calls to ensure professionalism.
Overall, Clarkson’s response to the allegations was met with appreciation and praise. While some defended the show’s environment, others urged her to take more significant measures to address the issues raised by former employees. The focus remains on creating a respectful and inclusive workplace for all involved in “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”