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Kelly Clarkson to take over Ellen DeGeneres daytime slot: report

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Singer and TV host Kelly Clarkson will take over the daytime TV talk show slot currently occupied by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” NBCUniversal announced Wednesday.

DeGeneres is ending her long-running talk show, which has been a staple of the television landscape for 19 seasons, in 2022, she announced earlier this month.

Clarkson, a three-time Grammy winner known for being the original victor of “American Idol” in 2002, began her talk show in 2019.

“The Kelly Clarkson Show” will begin integrating into the “Ellen” slot and fully take it over by fall 2022, Deadline reported.

Since its launch, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” has hosted a slew of famous guests, including Jill Biden for her debut solo interview as first lady in February. The show earned three Daytime Emmy wins for its first season and premiered as the most-watched talk show in seven years, Deadline noted.

Tracie Wilson, executive vice president of NBCUniversal Syndication Studios, called the show “one of the most optimistic success stories in first-run syndication,” according to The Washington Post.

Wilson added, “Kelly and our entire production team put their heart, intent and incredible passion into making a show that resonates with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.”

The end of “Ellen,” which has won various awards over the years, comes after reports of her show being a toxic workplace hampered ratings.

DeGeneres said plans to end the show had been in place since her last contract negotiation, however.

“I just needed something to challenge me. And as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter. “I need something new to challenge me.” 

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