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Just one day after it was announced that Kelly Clarkson will host her own daytime talk show starting in fall 2019, the singer stopped by Late Night to practice her interview skills.
The Kelly Clarkson Show will replace Steve Harvey’s Steve and will air as a lead-in to Ellen on NBC-owned group TV stations.
On Late Night, Clarkson shared her one fear about becoming a talk show host. She mentioned a bet with Blake Shelton, where he asked, “How are you going to do a show where you don’t shut up?”
“Because you are a talker and part of being a talk show host is listening,” Meyers pointed out, before asking, “Do you want to switch seats real quick and see how it goes?”
The two swapped spots, with Clarkson taking Meyers’ place behind his desk.
After joking that she wished she had photos of Meyers and his family to show the audience, she came up with her first question. “Seth Meyers, who is your worst guest so I don’t ever invite them?”
“That’s a great question and I’ll tell you backstage,” he said. “But I’ll tell you from someone who hosts a show like this, I’m smart enough not to say that name on air.”
The host added, “You’re great ’cause since you’re a talker, the problem when you have a bad guest is that you have to do the talking, but that’s never gonna be a problem.”
“I hope I get a lot of bad guests,” she joked.
Meyers then gave her a suggestion. “I think ultimately what you should do is say something like, ‘What’s an embarrassing childhood memory?’ and when they don’t have one, you go, ‘Then I will tell you one of mine.'”
“This is a real question. This is a serious one,” Clarkson asked as she leaned in towards Meyers. The host then complimented her change in posture to prepare for the question. “Seth Adam Meyers, would you ever run for public office?”
Meyers quickly responded, “No.” Clarkson continued, “Do you perhaps think celebrities shouldn’t?”
“My honest answer about this is I love Americans. I really do. I think we’re really in a terrible group of people to govern. I think we’re impossible,” he said. “It’s a giant junior high where we’re dead split on the middle as far as what we agree on and yeah, it just seems like a real pain in the ass.”
Clarkson then asked if acting and writing on Saturday Night Live or hosting Late Night is more difficult. “SNL was harder than this because — being head writer. I will say being head writer was the hardest job I ever had,” he said.
“Did you like how he threw that in there: ‘because I was head writer’?” Clarkson asked the audience.
Meyers then suggested, “By the way, don’t bust your guest when they say something about themself.”
Watch the full interview above.
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