Daytime television gets a new voice! Kelly Clarkson is coming to a TV screen near you.
A couple of months ago, Clarkson filmed a pilot for a syndicated daytime talker called The Kelly Clarkson Show. Now the hour-long show, which will feature celebrity guests, has been picked up by NBC-owned stations in 30 percent of the country. It will premiere in the fall of 2019 in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco, Miami, San Diego, Hartford, and Washington, D.C. Clarkson’s show will serve as a lead-in to Ellen for most of those stations, replacing Steve Harvey’s Steve.
“I love connecting with people, playing games, music and finding ways to help or give back to communities/organizations,” Clarkson — who is also a coach on NBC’s The Voice — said in a statement. “Having my own talk show where I get to do all of these things is pretty much a dream job!”
“We are very excited to have Kelly Clarkson on our air next fall,” added president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations Valari Staab. “She’s genuine, warm, fun and interacts with her fans in a meaningful way. Throughout her career people of all ages and backgrounds have related to her openness, honesty, and curiosity. She will be the perfect companion to Ellen, providing an afternoon of great television.”
Reports that The Voice coach and singer was working on the project began circulating earlier in the year, but she casually confirmed the news herself on Tuesday’s broadcast of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
Clarkson told Fallon she was introducing live online segments in her current tour “to kind of prep for my talk show that’s gonna be next year.”
Fallon pointed out that she’d inadvertently just made “a big announcement” because the show had not yet been officially confirmed.
“Well, it’s been leaked,” Clarkson responded, before revealing she was “very excited” and “nervous” about the musically themed program.
Watch her break the big news to Jimmy, below.
— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) September 19, 2018