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Kelly Clarkson Is Replacing Ellen DeGeneres—But It’s Not What You Think

The Kelly Clarkson Show is getting a brand-new time slot, courtesy of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

NBC is rearranging its 2022 daytime schedule to fill the soon-to-be empty spot that will have been previously occupied by Ellen DeGeneres. Starting in 2022, Ellen’s show is getting replaced by Kelly Clarkson’s talk show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Valari Staab (president of NBCUniversal local) discussed the announcement in an interview with THR, saying, “These are remarkable achievements for a talk show in its second season. We look forward to Ellen DeGeneres’s 19th season paired with Kelly Clarkson for what is sure to be a blockbuster year. By 2022, The Kelly Clarkson Show will be the star of our daytime entertainment schedules and an asset to our early afternoon newscasts.”

According to Tracie Wilson (executive vice president of NBCUniversal), the decision was a no-brainer. “The Kelly Clarkson Show is one of the most optimistic success stories in first-run syndication,” she explained. “It is a treasured part of NBCUniversal Syndication Studios offering and we are proud to partner with the NBC Owned Television Stations group to continue the show’s success.”

Wilson continued, “Kelly and our entire production team put their heart, intent and incredible passion into making a show that resonates with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. We’re working on some big plans for season three and are looking forward to becoming the premier show in daytime for years to come.”

The news comes just a few weeks after DeGeneres announced that her talk show is coming to an end after season 19. This new scheduling change won’t take effect until 2022, after The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs its final episode.

Guess it really is the end of an era.

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