Inside Kelly Clarkson's 'Weeks Off' Spent Prepping Talk Show For Ellen DeGeneres' Coveted Slot
Kelly Clarkson has taken every step possible to make sure The Kelly Clarkson Show stays a smash hit.
Before the American Idol alum's talk show takes over Ellen DeGeneres' coveted 3 p.m. ET time slot after the 19-season chat series ends its run on May 26, Clarkson, 39, has done a "complete overhaul" of her own show.
“She will be taking a few weeks off to take the kids on vacation, but will be focused on a complete overhaul of her show as she takes over for Ellen,” a source close to The Voice judge told Us Weekly.
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Clarkson's daytime smash — which currently airs in the 2 p.m. ET time slot on NBC — has a format where Clarkson belts out top 40 hits, chats with famous pals, spotlights everyday people and plays games.
After hitting the airwaves in 2019, the show, which is currently in its third season, has nabbed an Emmy Award and has been renewed until 2023.
This is not the only overhaul in the "Since U Been Gone" vocalist's life lately. As OK! previously reported, following the finalization of her divorce from Brandon Blackstock — with whom she shares River Rose, 7, and Remington, 5 — Clarkson was granted her request by a California judge to change her name from Kelly Brianne Clarkson to Kelly Brianne.
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The American Song Contest host filed a petition to change her name in February claiming that her new moniker feels more aligned with her true self. "My new name more fully reflects who I am," she wrote in her petition, while requesting to officially go by just her first and middle name.
At the launch of her new NBC competition show, Clarkson jokingly addressed all of the recent changes in her life. "I just got divorced, so I had to drop my married last name," the entertainer said in an interview earlier this month. "I just kept my middle name for my personal life. I'm still Kelly Clarkson. I don't think I can change Clarkson at this point. I'm 20 years in!"
Clarkson and her former spouse recently finalized their split under the agreement that Blackstock, 45, will receive $115,000 each month in spousal support from the mogul until January 2024, in addition to child support. The former couple shares joint legal custody of their two children.