Grammy-winning singer and first "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson has now officially become a daytime TV host. NBC Owned Television Stations announced that the nationally syndicated "The Kelly Clarkson Show" will be televised on all of its stations, beginning in the fall of 2019. The Los Angeles-based show—which Clarkson is executive producing with her husband/manager Brandon Blackstock—will have a time slot in most U.S. cities before "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which is also televised on several NBC-owned stations. Reports had surfaced in August that Clarkson had filmed a pilot episode for the daytime talk show.
In a statement, Clarkson commented about her daytime talk show: “I love connecting with people, playing games, music and finding ways to help or give back to communities/organizations. Having my own talk show where I get to do all of these things is pretty much a dream job!”
Clarkson, who became a coach on NBC's "The Voice" in the show's 14th season, has not commented on whether or not she will stay as a coach on "The Voice" in addition to hosting her talk show. NBC has announced that Clarkson has committed to "The Voice's" 15th season (which premieres Sept. 24) and 16th season, which premieres sometime in the spring of 2019. In addition to "The Voice," Clarkson's relationship with NBC includes hosting the Billboard Music Awards in 2018, the first year that the show was televised on NBC. Clarkson got universally positive reviews for hosting the show.
The NBC-owned stations that will televise "The Kelly Clarkson Show" are WNBC New York, KNBC Los Angeles, WMAQ Chicago, WCAU Philadelphia, KXAS Dallas-Fort Worth, WBTS Boston, KNTV San Francisco, WRC Washington DC, WTVJ Miami, KNSD San Diego and WVIT Hartford, Connecticut.
Other multitalented stars who have hosted daytime talk shows in recent years include Harry Connick Jr. and Queen Latifah, but their shows were canceled after two seasons. "American Idol" alum Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron co-host "Pickler & Ben," an E.W. Scripps Company nationally syndicated daytime talk show that debuted in the fall of 2017, and has been renewed for a second season. Pickler and Aaron received a 2018 Daytime Emmy nomination for hosting the show.
The year 2019 is going to be a very busy one for Clarkson because she's also touring for her Meaning of Life album. The tour will feature opening acts Kelsea Ballerini (who joined "The Voice" this year as a coach for the show's online companion series "Comeback Stage") and "The Voice" season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli. Clarkson is also starring in the voice cast and doing original songs for the "UglyDolls" animated film, which STX is releasing in 2019.
The day before the official announcement was made, Clarkson discussed her talk show on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon." She said that for the tour, "We're doing a live segment during my [concert] show, so every night on tour, we're going live online, [for] people who can't come out [to see the concerts in person]." She hinted that the live segments will be in preparation for her daytime talk show. In the interview, Clarkson also said that her touring band will also be the house band for her talk show.