The Kelly Clarkson Show is under fire, after eleven past and present employees have alleged that the daytime television series fosters a toxic workplace in a shocking new interview with Rolling Stone.
To the 41-year-old singer’s shock, staff members have come forward to speak up about their experiences of ‘bullying, verbal abuse, and retaliation from high-level producers, and no help from human resources when those issues were reported.’
While Clarkson’s was called ‘fantastic’ and not named as bully, executive producer Alex Duda was described as ‘a monster.’
The staffers, who wished to remain anonymous out of fear of ‘retribution,’ also stated that they don’t believe’ the mother-of-two ‘has a sense of how unhappy employees are with the working conditions.’
When asked about the claims, an NBCU spokesperson told DailyMail.com they are ‘committed to a safe and respectful work environment and take workplace complaints very seriously and to insinuate otherwise is untrue.’
Horrifying claims: The Kelly Clarkson Show is under fire, after eleven past and present employees have alleged that the daytime television series fosters a toxic workplace in a shocking new interview with Rolling Stone
Oh no: The three-time Grammy winner’s talk show became an immediate hit upon its debut in 2019, two years before Ellen DeGeneres was accused of also having a toxic work environment on her show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (seen in 2015)
‘When issues are reported they are promptly reviewed, investigated and acted upon as appropriate,’ the representative said in a statement. ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show strives to build a safe, respectful and equitable workplace that nurtures a culture of inclusivity and creativity.’
The three-time Grammy winner’s talk show became an immediate hit upon its debut in 2019, two years before Ellen DeGeneres was accused of also having a toxic work environment on her show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
One former employee stated: ‘NBC is protecting the show because it’s their new money maker, but Kelly has no clue how unhappy her staff is.’
Another 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?’
Many former employees pointed at Duda as toxicity and insisted she blocks the host from hearing complaints about unfair treatment.
‘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,’ one past staffer claimed.
While all 11 employees said they believe Clarkson is in the dark over much of her crew’s suffering, they pointed out their wages were too low to afford basic necessities, without a side gig.
Many staffers say they pick up babysitting gigs, drive for Uber Eats and walk dogs, in order to pay their expenses.
Disheartening: While Clarkson’s was called ‘fantastic’ and not named as bully, executive producer Alex Duda was described as ‘a monster’
‘Kelly is fantastic. She is a person who never treats anyone with anything but dignity and is incredibly appreciative,’ one former employee said.
They continued: ‘I would be shocked if she knew. I’d be floored if she knew the staff wasn’t getting paid for two weeks of Christmas hiatus. The Kelly that I interacted with and that everyone knows would probably be pretty aghast to learn that.’
Another detailed Duda’s alleged fiery temper, which they said ‘deteriorated’ their mental health, and left them with with so much anxiety they would ‘regularly vomit.’
Another former employee stated they took a leave of absence due to protect their mental health after feeling ‘bullied and intimidated by producers.’
They claimed producers ‘went out of their way to make staffers feel scared to ask questions and get their work done.’
To navigate the stress, the former employee sought help from a psychiatrist for the first time in their life because they ‘truly couldn’t handle it mentally.’
Despite working in the entertainment industry for years on numerous other sets, they said but The Kelly Clarkson Show ‘is by far the worst experience I’ve ever had in my entire life.’
‘It deterred me from wanting to work in daytime ever again,’ they say. ‘When I say I was traumatized, I was really traumatized.’
Rolling Stone also noted that ‘seven former staffers say they used their exit interviews with NBCUniversal to outline their negative experiences.’