Ellen DeGeneres Addresses Replacement Rumors, Ignores Kelly Clarkson
Ellen DeGeneres is ending her talk show next year, and there have been rumors about who might take over her time slot. Those rumors were recently put to rest when Kelly Clarkson was confirmed to be the replacement.
However, DeGeneres doesn’t seem to have heard the news. In a recent segment on her show, the host talked about potential replacements, and she suspiciously failed to mention Clarkson’s name.
Ellen DeGeneres Replaced by Kelly Clarkson
Deadline reported last week that the NBC stations announced The Kelly Clarkson Show to take over DeGeneres’ time slot when she ends her show next year after 19 seasons. Clarkson had been a frontrunner for the slot before the announcement.
“By 2022, The Kelly Clarkson Show will be the star of our daytime entertainment schedules and an asset to our early afternoon newscasts,” Valari Staab, NBCUniversal Local President, said in a statement.
Clarkson’s talk show premiered in 2019. Just last week, the show was nominated for six Daytime Emmys, including Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show and Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host. It makes sense that Clarkson would be taking this new time slot, but someone might want to inform DeGeneres.
DeGeneres Ignores Clarkson on Her Talk Show
During a recent segment on her talk show, DeGeneres addressed rumors about who would be replacing her when she leaves in 2022. She mentions quite a few names, but suspiciously ignores Clarkson — who has actually been confirmed as a replacement.
The host mentions Tiffany Haddish, who has been a guest host on her show. She also mentions James Corden, but says he already has a show. The joke seems to be that DeGeneres is trying to find a new host for a show named after her, which of course won’t happen.
Other names mentioned include Wanda Sykes, Brad Pitt, Sofia Vergara, and Flo from Progressive. We get that DeGeneres is trying to be funny, but we wonder how long it will take for her to acknowledge that Clarkson is taking over — or at least mention her name.