NBC Responds to Claims of 'The Kelly Clarkson Show' Being a 'Toxic' Workplace
After Rolling Stone published an exposé on May 12 in which former The Kelly Clarkson Show employees alleged it was a toxic workplace, NBCUniversal issued a statement denying the claims.
"We are committed to a safe and respectful work environment and take workplace complaints very seriously and to insinuate otherwise is untrue," said a spokesperson for the network in a statement shared with various outlets. "When issues are reported they are promptly reviewed, investigated and acted upon as appropriate. The Kelly Clarkson Show strives to build a safe, respectful and equitable workplace that nurtures a culture of inclusivity and creativity."
In the exposé, ten of the former staff and one current staffer alleged being overworked and underpaid by producers, while noting that its host Kelly Clarkson doesn't know the behind-the-scenes of how poorly her staff is treated.
"Kelly is fantastic. She is a person who never treats anyone with anything but dignity and is incredibly appreciative," said an anonymous former employee. "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."
Many pointed out that the issue is primarily with the show's executive producer Alex Duda. The employees claim Duda and other producers have bullied them on set and left them "traumatized."
When some of them brought up the issue to HR, they said they were ignored. One of the employees said that after they brought up a specific incident with Duda to HR, the problem got worse, with them being bullied even more and excluded from meetings.
Clarkson has yet to comment on the allegations of her show's workplace environment.