NBC has found its replacement for Ellen Degeneres: Kelly Clarkson. Well, its replacement for her daytime talk show’s time slot. Ellen as a human being will continue to exist and everything, but the airtime previously devoted to her show will now go to Clarkson.
The Kelly Clarkson Show will move into Ellen’s time slot in the fall, after Ellen comes to an end, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
“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 schedules and an asset to our early afternoon newscasts,” said Valari Staab, president of NBCUniversal Local.
The article notes that this move makes financial sense for NBC, which owns and produces Clarkson’s show; Ellen was distributed by the Peacock network but was property of Warner Brothers.
Degeneres announced in May that her hit show would end with its 19th season, saying, “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged–and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”
This news came on the heels of months of bad publicity for her and the show. Several former staffers alleged a hostile and toxic work environment that included racist micro aggressions and sexual misconduct. Some of the allegations were directed at Degeneres, others at senior members of the show’s staff. An internal investigation was announced, and apologies were made, but in the eyes of the public, the show’s brand had become somewhat tarnished. After all, the ethos of the show was kindness, and daytime talk shows are supposed to be about making people feel good. If the people who actually worked on the show felt bad about it, what value was there in tuning in?
Here’s hoping Kelly Clarkson can bring a happier spirit back to our screens.