Shortly after a Rolling Stone In an article featuring stories from current and former staffers of The Kelly Clarkson Show, NBCUniversal responds to claims of a “toxic” behind-the-scenes work environment.
Several current and former employees of The Kelly Clarkson Show recalled stories of a high-anxiety work environment and a workplace where employees reportedly felt unappreciated by producers.
Many stories claim that Clarkson was kept in the dark about the extent of staff dissatisfaction, allegedly on purpose.
A few hours later, NBCUniversal cleared up the allegations in one go Statement to Us Weekly.
Several former and current employees of The Kelly Clarkson Show allege toxins behind the scenes
Multiple accounts cited Alex Duda as a worrying presence. Duda is an executive producer and worked with Steve Harvey and Tyra Banks before working on Clarkson’s show.
One report alleges that Duda put employees in an “awkward position” when it came to race. Duda has reportedly asked staff questions about a minority audience who reportedly don’t participate in the show.
The person who eventually broke the situation to HR was reportedly barred from meetings. The former employee claims they were “pushed out of those meetings” and ended up leaving the show because they felt they faced “perceived retribution.” (via Rolling Stone, according to The AV Club)
Another claims Duda acted angry towards an employee assigned to work with her, allegedly “yelling and swearing at him”.
Several reports also mentioned that they had high levels of fear of the supposed surroundings.
A former employee sought professional help for the first time in his life because of his experience on The Kelly Clarkson Show, which led to him giving up daytime television work; The report emphasizes that these current and former employees had extensive experience in the harsh environment of daytime television and were aware of the stressful atmosphere.
NBCUniversal responded to the allegations in a weekly statement to us
NBCUniversal promised to take action to investigate the claims in the Rolling Above Stone story.
“We are committed to a safe and respectful work environment and take workplace grievances very seriously,” begins her statement. “When issues are reported, they are promptly reviewed, investigated and acted upon as appropriate. “The Kelly Clarkson Show is committed to creating a safe, respectful and equal workplace that fosters a culture of inclusivity and creativity,” the statement concluded.
The statement was provided to Us Weekly through a company spokesman.
As of this writing, Clarkson has not responded to the allegations; The latest post on her Instagram grid is about the upcoming single from her latest album “Chemistry”.
The medium also announces that Duda has not yet commented on the allegations.
The Kelly Clarkson Show is available to stream on Peacock and the NBC app.