In a recent magazine piece, 11 anonymous employees accused NBC's "The Kelly Clarkson Show" of creating a "toxic work environment," and now the singer-turned-host is responding.
In a May 12 Rolling Stone investigation, ten current employees and one former employee said that they were overworked and underpaid while
also subjected to a work atmosphere that was "traumatizing to their mental health." According to the story, the employees were "lower-level
staffers" who said they needed to work as "babysitters, dog walkers, and Uber Eats drivers" to make ends meet.Clarkson responded to the report
in a statement uploaded on social media early Saturday morning, claiming that throughout her 20 years in the industry, she has "always led with my heart and what I believed to be right."
"I love my team at 'The Kelly Clarkson Show,' and finding out that anyone is feeling unheard and or disrespected on this show is unacceptable," she stated.
"I have always been, and will continue to be, committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment at 'The Kelly Clarkson Show.'"
She also stated that, as the program prepares to relocate to the East Coast, she is "more committed than ever" to ensuring that her crew, both new and old, is the "best and kindest in the business."