The Kelly Clarkson Show is under fire after former talk show staffers come forward with claims that there is a toxic work environment behind the scenes. Keep scrolling for the allegations, Kelly Clarkson’s response, and updates.
What have the staff of ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ said about the ‘toxic’ work environment?
Several former employees shared their negative experiences working on the show hosted by Kelly Clarkson in a story published by Rolling Stone on Friday, May 12.
Employees claimed they were overworked and underpaid, even calling the environment “traumatic for their mental health”.
“I remember going up on stage to crying and saying, ‘My God, what am I doing? Why am I exposing myself to this?’” a former employee who chose to remain anonymous told the publication.
Others pointed out that the job doesn’t pay well and many of the employees had to take second jobs to pay their bills. In addition, the former employees said they raised their complaints with the program’s human resources department. However, the issues were allegedly never addressed.
Has Kelly Clarkson responded to claims of ‘toxic’ work environment?
Clarkson has yet to publicly address the claims.
However, it seems the “Since U Been Gone” singer is unaware of the issues. One person said the host “has no idea how unhappy” the team is behind the scenes, while another added that the american idol alum is “fantastic” to work with.
The report details the staff members accusing the show’s executive producer, Alex Doubtof supposedly protecting Clarkson from trouble.
“I think Alex Duda is a monster,” one person said, adding that Duda allegedly cursed at employees on stage. “I have a friend who’s an executive producer who warned me about taking this job because she’s apparently done it on every show she’s ever worked on.”
Duda has not publicly addressed the claims.
How has NBC responded to claims that the work environment on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ is ‘toxic’?
After the article was published, a spokesperson for NBCUniversal said in a statement to In contact that they are “committed to a safe and respectful work environment” and are taking complaints “very seriously.”
“When issues are reported, they are immediately reviewed, investigated, and acted upon as appropriate,” their statement continued. “The Kelly Clarkson Show strives to build a safe, respectful, and equitable workplace that fosters a culture of inclusion and creativity.”
Representatives for Kelly Clarkson did not immediately respond to In contactrequest for comments.