Kelly Clarkson Responds To Complaints About 'Toxic' Work Environment
Kelly Clarkson has responded to allegations that her eponymous daytime talk show is a toxic work environment.
“In my 20 years in the entertainment industry, I’ve always led with my heart and what I believed to be right,” the singer wrote in a statement shared on Instagram. “I love my team at The Kelly Clarkson Show, and to find out that anyone is feeling unheard and or disrespected on this show is unacceptable.
“I have always been, and will continue to be, committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment at The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
Clarkson’s comments came a day after Rolling Stone published complaints from nearly a dozen current and former employees about being “overworked” and “underpaid” on the show, which they alleged was “traumatizing to their mental health.”
There were no allegations against Clarkson but workers said several producers who work for her were to blame for the working conditions. Some said they had to take second jobs because they were not paid enough at the show.
The complaints came shortly after it was announced that The Kelly Clarkson Show is moving production to New York City.
“I am more committed than ever to ensuring that not only our team that is moving, but also our new team in NY, is comprised of the best and kindest in the business,” Clarkson said in her statement. “Part of that build will include leadership training for all of the senior staff, including myself. There is always room to grow and ensure we are all being/becoming the best version of ourselves in any business. Especially when it comes to leadership, to ensure that any notion of toxicity is eradicated.”
NBCUniversal, which owns the show, said in a statement that it is “committed to a safe and respectful work environment” and that The Kelly Clarkson Show “strives to build a safe, respectful and equitable workplace that nurtures a culture of inclusivity and creativity.”
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