As we first told you … Kelly had been singled out as Ellen’s coveted and syndicated TV hour favorite pretty much since her talk show launched in the fall of 2019.
The show debuted to huge ratings, and with NBC honchos predicting DeGeneres would eventually pull the plug from his show… Clarkson seemed like the perfect successor.
The problem is that Kelly’s show ratings dropped dramatically during the pandemic – like many other daytime programs – so there was some uncertainty if NBC would always go with her, or go for someone new … like, maybe, Tiffany Haddish.
Clearly, the network wanted to remove any doubt by crowning Kelly.
BTW, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” has already been renewed for 2 more seasons in December 2020 to go through 2023, but obviously the expectations – after 19 seasons of Ellen – are way higher than that.