Kelly Clarkson 'to be the fresh face of NBC' as she takes over Ellen DeGeneres' time slot & 'scores holiday specials'

KELLY Clarkson has been announced as the new queen of daytime TV as she takes over the time slot dedicated to Ellen DeGeneres.

The 39-year-old singer is set to be the "fresh face of NBC" in 2022 once the talkshow anchors show comes to an end after 19 seasons.

Kelly, who is already a judge on The Voice, has also been lined up for appearances on Thanksgiving and for Christmas specials.

Behind closed doors, a source has exclusively told The Sun that "wheels are turning" in order to make Clarkson "a network face".

The NBC source revealed: "The Kelly team are prepping to take over from Ellen, and NBC's management are on board. The takeover is a done deal.

"The plan is to gently and subtly push Kelly to the forefront of all things for the network with good PR, exposure and TV appearances.

"They want her profile to be the fresh future face of NBC."

Explaining how the mom-of-two has already made "huge strides" with The Kelly Clarkson Show, the new daytime slot is a "key part" of the plan.

"The pieces are moving behind the scenes," the source added. "Certainly the Emmy nominations prompted high fives around the office."

NBC announced on Wednesday that the pop singer, who won American Idol in 2002, would host her own talkshow taking over from Ellen's slot.

Her current TV show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, which is now in its second season, already airs on over 200 station across the country

Valari Staab, president of NBCUniversal Local, said in a statement: “We look forward to Ellen DeGeneres’ 19th season paired with Kelly Clarkson for what is sure to be a blockbuster year. 

“By 2022, The Kelly Clarkson Show will be the star of our daytime entertainment schedules and an asset to our early afternoon newscasts.”

Tracie Wilson, executive vp of NBCUniversal Syndication Studios, added: "The Kelly Clarkson Show is one of the most optimistic success stories in first-run syndication.

"It is a treasured part of NBCUniversal Syndication Studios offering and we are proud to partner with the NBC Owned Television Stations group to continue the show’s success."

She continued: “Kelly and our entire production team put their heart, intent and incredible passion into making a show that resonates with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. 

“We’re working on some big plans for season three and are looking forward to becoming the premier show in daytime for years to come.”

Earlier this month, it was announced that the Ellen DeGeneres show would come to an end next year after its upcoming 19th season.

Ellen broke down in tears as she officially announced her decision to end her famous talk show, noting that the show had "changed her life".

“I am forever grateful for you for laughing, dancing and sometimes crying. This show has been the greatest experience of my life and I owe it all to you," she tearfully said.

Ellen said that she "thought a lot about this decision" and "sat with it for a while," adding: "Two years ago I signed a deal for three more years and I always knew in my heart that Season 19 would be my last."

Despite the show coming to an end, Ellen "promised" her viewers that they will have "a fantastic final season" and "it will be a season where I truly get to say 'thank you."'

She concluded: "Every day will be a celebration. There will be a lot of surprises. There will be trips down memory lane, a few detours through 'why did I wear that' ally."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ellen told the news to her staff the day before revealing it to the rest of the world.

Ellen will be quitting after her 19th season finishes airing in 2022.

The news came amid allegations of a toxic work environment on the set of The Ellen Show – which the star vehemently denies.

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