NBC will move The Kelly Clarkson Show to the time slot currently occupied by The Ellen Degeneres Show when Ellen Degeneres walks away from the show next year.
Kelly Clarkson, the former American Idol winner and current co-host of The Voice, began hosting her own talk show in September 2019 and has garnered millions of viewers and critical acclaim over the course of its short run. Clarkson even received a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host for the first season of the show.
DeGeneres revealed she was going to leave behind the daytime talk show game in a Hollywood Reporter interview earlier this month.
DeGeneres' show has been on the air for 18 years and has been massively successful for almost its entire run, but in recent years, the show has been mired in controversy. In particular, allegations of workplace abuse against the show's producers made headlines in 2020, leaving a stain on DeGeneres' generally wholesome reputation.
Officially, DeGeneres said she is leaving to explore new challenges, saying, "As great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore."
Regardless of the complicated daytime legacy she leaves behind, DeGeneres also leaves behind huge shoes to fill. NBC's choice of Clarkson to fill the void in major markets shows a tremendous amount of confidence in both her popularity and her ability to handle the assignment.