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Kelly Clarkson Addresses 'Accountability' & Toxic Workplace Culture in Hollywood

Kelly Clarkson Addresses 'Accountability' & Toxic Workplace Culture in Hollywood

Kelly Clarkson is discussing the current climate, including recent headlines regarding toxic workplace environments in Hollywood.

The 38-year-old The Kelly Clarkson Show host spoke out in an interview with the LA Times.

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The article points out that Kelly‘s rise in daytime TV comes at the same time that Ellen DeGeneres has come under fire for allegations of a toxic workplace environment, resulting in an investigation, which she plans to address upon her return.

Former NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy, who had been the one who saw Kelly‘s potential as a talk show host, was pushed out of his position amid allegations of racism and sexism, which he denies.

Kelly said she was “more shocked than anyone” by the reports about Paul. She did not address the Ellen situation directly, but brought up a lesson she first learned at church camps and on student council as a child in leadership roles: “How you act is how all those beneath you are going to feel like they’re allowed to act,” she said.

“Accountability is so important. Everybody messes up. Everybody’s allowed to mess up. We are imperfect; that’s OK. But it’s not OK to pretend it’s not happening…I’m the first one in the room to go, ‘Was that me? Did I do it?’ Or, ‘How can I fix it?’”

She also addressed her upcoming “honest” album, which will be her first since her divorce.

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