Kelly Clarkson wanted a fresh start — so she’s moving across the country.
In early May, NBC announced that “The Kelly Clarkson Show” will move its production from Los Angeles to New York City. The Emmy-winning host and singer didn’t have to share the news until recently, which he told Nancy O’Dell on TalkShopLive that it was a bittersweet decision.
In an interview shared on May 25, Clarkson tearfully spoke with her staff about relocating the successful daytime talk show in January.
“I’ve built such an amazing group of people. Obviously, we’ve been very successful and I love everyone I work with and we have such a great relationship,” she said. Oh, I have to go to the East Coast.’
Clarkson described being “isolated” and very distant from her family during the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is not good for anyone and my family on the East Coast,” she said. “They’re based in North Carolina, so it was one of the things that I did, you know, and there was a lot of personal stuff going on, and I wanted a fresh start that felt like our family, me and my kids, and I couldn’t find it here[in Los Angeles].
The “Mine” singer filed for divorce from Brandon Blackstock in June 2020 after seven years of marriage. The couple reached an agreement in March 2022, with both sharing joint custody of their children, daughter River Rose, 8, and son Remington, 7.
“It’s 100 percent my intention,” she said, adding that she’s had “such great experiences with all these people and these relationships, and it’s painful to pull it off and move on.”
“I love doing this show, I was like. I certainly do.’ I didn’t even know I was going to do it, but I was like, ‘I have to make a change for me and my family.’ I was like: ‘So any chance we can do this, I know we can probably do it, I know we can’t do it from my ranch, so any chance we can do it in New York, which is at least close to my family. Because they were like an hour flight, that was the main reason.
The Grammy winner’s passion for theater and Broadway has also served her well.
“I never thought I’d get a chance to do anything[for Broadway],” she said, adding, “She’s writing something for Broadway.”
“I don’t like acting in films and TV, but I like stage work,” she says.
Meanwhile, Clarkson is focusing on moving her daytime talk show in support of her upcoming album, “Chemistry,” and her 10-night Las Vegas residency, “Chemistry: An Intimate Night with Kelly Clarkson.” “Full Connection.”
Previously, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” was held in the Big Apple for the first two seasons. The series has been renewed until 2025.