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Staffers Of 'The Kelly Clarkson Show' Say Work Environment Is Toxic Despite 'Fantastic' Clarkson

Former and current employees of the show spoke to 'Rolling Stone' about how the show has been 'traumatizing to their mental health.'

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The Kelly Clarkson Show quickly became a beloved hit in the daytime talk show lineup after premiering on NBC in 2019 and has gone on to win 13 Daytime Emmys.

And while audiences were drawn to the positivity portrayed on the program, largely due to Clarkson's affable charm and charisma, things were allegedly different behind the scenes.

It's worth mentioning the accusations were not leveled at Clarkson but mainly at an individual in charge of running the show.

The disheartening news came to light on May 12 when Rolling Stone published an exposé in which 11 past and present employees of Clarkson's show–many of whom were veterans in the entertainment industry–shared their negative experiences behind the scenes.

Many alleged working conditions on the set were toxic and Clarkson was completely oblivious.

Some of them claimed they were overworked, underpaid and found the work environment to be “traumatizing to their mental health.”

One former staffer who wished to remain anonymous recalled:

“I remember going up on the roof of the stage to cry being like, ‘Oh my gosh, what am I doing? Why am I putting myself through this?’”

Another mentioned Clarkson's lack of awareness of the work environment, saying:

"NBC is protecting the show because it’s their new money maker, but Kelly has no clue how unhappy her staff is.”

Another said Clarkson was "fantastic" to be around.

Fans hoped Clarkson would address the situation and take care of her team.

Many of the staff complaints were aimed at the show’s executive producer, Alex Duda, who is known for being hostile to work with.

One interviewee told Rolling Stone:

“I think Alex Duda’s a monster."

Another recalled being warned about working with Duda due to her temperamental behavior–which included cursing out the workers on stage.

The staffer said:

“I have a friend who’s an executive producer who warned me about taking this job because apparently she has done this on every show she’s worked on.”

Twitter continued weighing in with their observations.

In response to the report, a spokesperson for NBCU issued Us Weekly a statement maintaining the show's producers were “committed to a safe and respectful work environment” and take such complaints “very seriously.”

The statement continued:

“When issues are reported they are promptly reviewed, investigated and acted upon as appropriate."
"The Kelly Clarkson Show strives to build a safe, respectful and equitable workplace that nurtures a culture of inclusivity and creativity.”

Next season, the production is set to move from its Los Angeles location to New York City inside Rockefeller Center–where other NBC shows like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live are filmed.