10:00am PT by Rick Porter
Kelly Clarkson's Daytime Show Taps 'Steve Harvey' Vet as Showrunner
The Kelly Clarkson Show, the Voice judge and Grammy winner's upcoming daytime talk show, has named Alex Duda executive producer and showrunner.
Duda is a five-time Emmy winner who previously worked as executive producer of the daytime talkers Steve Harvey and The Tyra Banks Show. She has been working with Clarkson during the development phase of the show, which is set to launch in syndication in fall 2019. NBCUniversal Television Distribution is behind the project.
"Alex was instrumental in developing The Kelly Clarkson Show with us and brings so much talent, daytime TV experience, creativity and heart to this project," Tracie Wilson, executive vp creative affairs at NBCUniversal Television Distribution, said Tuesday in a statement. "Alex's wide range of producing expertise, combined with her talent of inspiring storytelling, is a perfect complement to Kelly Clarkson's strengths as a talk show host."
Said Duda: "Kelly Clarkson is America's celebrity. As our first [American] Idol, Kelly was chosen by us, for us, because of her unique combination of relatability and otherworldly talent. I love telling stories that entertain and inspire, and I'm thrilled to be able to continue doing so alongside an incredible artist like Kelly."
Duda, who has an overall deal at NBCU, won two Daytime Emmys as part of the producing team for Steve Harvey and two more for The Tyra Banks Show. Her fifth came for E!'s Talk Soup in 1995.
The Kelly Clarkson Show has been sold to NBC-owned stations in 11 markets, covering about 30 percent of the country's TV homes. In 10 of those markets — New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; Dallas-Fort Worth; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Miami; San Diego; and Hartford, Connecticut — it will serve as the lead-in for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The program will also air on the NBC station in Boston.