Even A-list celebrities need to take a sick day every now and then! On Monday, November 21, Kelly Clarkson was nowhere to be seen on her talk show, with Spirited actress Sunita Mani asked to fill her shoes.
"No, you are not seeing things, I am in fact, not Kelly," the star told the audience. "She's not feeling great today, so it's me, Sunita Mani, to the rescue!"
It seems Mani was appointed the gig at the eleventh hour, as the guests on the show were costars Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell and Octavia Spencer, the latter of whom sent well wishes to the American Idol alum after the episode wrapped.
Details of Clarkson's absence weren't made public, but fans became more concerned when it was revealed she wouldn't be present for the Tuesday, November 22, episode either, with Mario Lopez stepping in.
"Feel better soon beautiful queen 👸🤗💜💕," one commenter wrote on Instagram, "Hope you get better soon."
Meanwhile, on an Instagram post that featured a clip from Monday's episode, a few fans complained over the mom-of-two's absence. "We want Kelly. Little boring 😴," quipped a fan, with another writing, "We miss you Kelly!"
Fortunately, Clarkson will be back for the Wednesday, November 23, episode.
The "Breakaway" crooner's absence comes a few weeks after CMA Awards viewers criticized her outfit, with several fans calling for the star to fire stylist Candice Lambert McAndrews. Some called Clarkson's look for the performance "frumpy," while others thought it was just weird that she wore a dark navy shade while her onstage collaborators, Kelsea Ballerini and Carly Pearce, both donned light blue thigh-baring looks.
Fashion aside, the star appeared to enjoy singing "You're Drunk, Go Home" alongside the country stars as the tune has become a breakup anthem for the ladies, all of whom have endured a public divorce over the past few years.
Clarkson admitted the stress of her split from Brandon Blackstock has even took a toll on her music career. "Everybody knows the huge divorce I went through and it’s been, like two years and not easy with kids," she shared on an episode of her show. "I’m just navigating what I’m comfortable with releasing."