Kelly Clarkson has shared a statement responding to allegations of a toxic work environment on The Kelly Clarkson Show, and committing to improving the situation.
The singer, talk-show host and mum responded on social media last week, after a Rolling Stone article came out claiming that a number of staff were being “overworked” and “underpaid”, impacting their mental health.
“The Kelly that I interacted with and that everyone knows would probably be pretty aghast to learn that,” one former employee told the publication, explaining the complaints don’t extend to Kelly herself.
In her statement, Kelly acknowledged that toxicity in the workplace is completely unacceptable:
“In my 20 years in the entertainment industry, I’ve always led with my heart and what I believed to be right. 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.”
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“I have always been, and will continue to be, committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment at The Kelly Clarkson Show. As we prepare for a move to the East Coast, 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.”
She continued, “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 versions of ourselves in any business, especially when it comes to leadership, to ensure that any notion of toxicity is eradicated.”
An NBC Universal representative also shared a statement with People confirming that the show is “committed to a safe and respectful work environment” and “when issues are reported they are promptly reviewed, investigated and acted upon as appropriate.”
The family-friendly show has aired nearly 700 episodes since 2019 and earned 13 Daytime Emmys!
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