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The Kelly Clarkson Show responds to claims of a toxic work environment

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NBC Universal has responded to claims in a new report that The Kelly Clarkson Show‘s manufacturers have created a toxic work environment.

Eleven employees, 10 current and 1 former, say they are not only overworked and underpaid, but also victims of harassment and verbal abuse in a new Rolling stone story published Friday. They also claim that despite filing multiple reports with the show’s human resources department, nothing has changed. Instead, they claim they were punished for their complaints, claiming that executive producers yelled at them and left them out of meetings.

A network spokesperson has now provided a statement to EW.

“We are committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment and take workplace complaints very seriously, and to insinuate otherwise is untrue,” the statement read. “When issues are reported, they are immediately assessed, investigated and acted upon where necessary. The Kelly Clarkson Show strives for a safe, respectful and equitable workplace that fosters a culture of inclusiveness and creativity.”

The Kelly Clarkson Show

The Kelly Clarkson Show

Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal via Getty Kelly Clarkson hosts ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’

The sources interviewed for the Rolling stone report clarified that Kelly Clarkson herself has not engaged in toxic behavior, but executive producer Alex Duda, known for his work on Steve Harvey And The Tyra Banks Show.

“NBC is protecting the show because it’s their new moneymaker,” a former employee said in the piece. “But Kelly has no idea how unhappy her staff are.”

“Kelly is fantastic,” another employee added. “She’s a person who never treats anyone with anything but dignity and is incredibly grateful… I’d be floored if she knew the staff weren’t being paid for two weeks of Christmas break. The Kelly I hung out with and who everyone knows would probably pretty horrified to learn that.”

Clarkson representatives did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

The Kelly Clarkson Show

The Kelly Clarkson Show

Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal via Getty Kelly Clarkson on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’

Aside from Duda, employees pointed out unprofessional behavior from several other senior positions on the show. One described a scenario in which an employee quit after a producer “yelled and cursed at them several times on stage.” Another recalled a production manager throwing a stapler across the room and speaking “in a way unheard of in a professional environment – ​​swearing, raising his voice and throwing a huge tantrum”.

“Kellie [Clarkson] uses a sign-off: ‘Have a great day and if it’s not great, change it,'” said one current employee. “But it’s hard to exist and work in a machine that has these cheerful, vibrant, positive messages and then you have people here who are simply treated badly.”

Clarkson’s show fills the day slot once occupied The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Before that long-running series ended, allegations surfaced alleging that DeGeneres and her producers fostered a toxic work environment marred by racism, harassment, and fear. Although prosecutors themselves quoted DeGeneres, the host claimed she was unaware of the issues and eventually issued a statement to her staff promising behind-the-scenes changes to the series.

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