Kelly Clarkson adds her voice to the daytime-talk game


Music superstar launches her own syndicated weekday show

Kelly Clarkson

She surely has done plenty of singing, and now, Kelly Clarkson is ready to do a lot of talking.

The original “American Idol” is taking her experiences as a talk-show guest to the other side as “The Kelly Clarkson Show” premieres Monday, Sept. 9, in weekday syndication (check local listings). Known for the often-humorous candor that she’ll also continue to display as a coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” Clarkson admits that she fully intends to resort to music when necessary (and even when not) as a novice in the talk-host game.

She says that while pregnant with her second child, “I watched so many (talk shows), I’m pretty much up to speed on how my favorites do it. But after doing my pilot, I was kind of like, ‘What am I doing?’ I was a cocktail waitress in a comedy club, and to watch all of them get up there and be funny, I was like, ‘I could never do that.’

“You kind of have to do that at the top of your show, though, and I have a little experience from hosting the Billboard Music Awards. Anytime I don’t know what I’m doing, I’ll just turn it into something that I can do.”

That’s where Clarkson’s singing will come in, with a stage area reserved for her band, though the three-time Grammy Award winner’s fans likely would feel something was amiss if that wasn’t an element of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” anyway. Her ongoing job on ‘The Voice” adds to an extremely busy time for her.

“It’s a big year,” she confirms. “A lot of goals are being accomplished, which is really cool.”


Birthdate: April 24, 1982

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Current residences: Encino, Calif., and Hendersonville, Tenn.

Marital status: Married to Brandon Blackstock, her manager and the former stepson of Reba McEntire; he and Clarkson have a son and a daughter, and she is the stepmother to his son and daughter from a previous marriage

Other television credits include: “The Voice,” “The 2019 Billboard Music Awards” (as host, and also in 2018), “The 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul,” “The 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors,” “The 60th Annual Grammy Awards,” “CMA Country Christmas,” “Phineas and Ferb” (voice only), “Reba,” “American Dreams,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “That ‘80s Show”

Movie credits include: “UglyDolls” (voice only), “From Justin to Kelly,” “Issues 101”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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