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This Is Why Kelly Clarkson Moved Her Talk Show from LA to NYC
The host and Coach of The Voice explained her mindset behind the major move.
Fans never tire of Kelly Clarkson's infectious humor and bubbly personality, and the studio shakeup has been an exciting remix of the beloved daytime's rhythm. With several daytime Emmys under her belt, Clarkson continues to dazzle and delight with her mesmerizing Kellyoke performances and interviews — only now in a venue as legendary as she is.
Where is The Kelly Clarkson Show filmed?
The Kelly Clarkson Show has been filmed in the historic 30 Rockefeller Center ever since Season 5's September 2023 premiere.
The Kelly Clarkson Show is filmed in studio 6A in front of a studio audience.
"There's nothing like witnessing the American Idol winner's powerful vocals in person," NBC Insider's McKenzie Jean-Philippe reported after attending a taping. "As she hit those seemingly impossible high notes that filled the room, I actually heard audience members gasp all around me. It was like we were at our very own private Kelly Clarkson concert."
Kelly Clarkson is thriving in New York City
Clarkson made an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers during her first week of Season 5. Meyers — who was a guest on the premiere episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show in Season 1 — asked Clarkson how she's been enjoying The Big Apple so far.
"I love it," The Texas native gushed.
"I didn't really realize the underground vibe," of 30 Rock, she added. "There's so many restaurants. There's a whole world underneath."
Clarkson was later announced as the host of the 2023 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, a fitting gig for the powerhouse vocalist. She was joined on the evening by fellow icons Barry Manilow, Chloe Bailey, Seth McFarlane, John Legend, Cher, Keke Palmer, and the Radio City Rockettes, to scratch the surface of the night's mythic lineup.
This is Clarkson's first time living in NYC, a move that Clarkson revealed her children, River Rose, 9, and Remington, 7, were luckily totally on board for.
"The thing they just got excited about, they've been to a show before, but not since we've lived here. And it was a long time ago. So they saw Lion King the other night. And then I saw Lion King three times yesterday because they re-enacted the entire thing," Clarkson told Meyers before adding that River Rose and Remington were also apparently fascinated by Times Square at night.
"It keeps you busy. There's so many things to do all the time," Clarkson said.
Why did Kelly Clarkson move from Los Angeles to NYC?
In the same interview, Clarkson explained why she decided to take The Kelly Clarkson Show to the east coast: "I really needed a fresh start, on a personal note."
The "Since U Been Gone" singer also clearly doesn't regret her choice. "I don't know if I've ever done the show this happy before," she told Meyers.
Clarkson expressed a similar sentiment in a recent interview with USA Today.
“I knew I needed a fresh start and couldn’t be in LA. I really wanted to be in Montana, but you can’t really do a show from there quite yet," she told the outlet. "So I was like, ‘The only other option would probably be New York.'"
She also talked about future plans for the show.
“We’re definitely going to be on the streets and doing different things that we weren’t capable of in LA because it’s so spread out," she explained. "People that watch daytime television want to laugh and cry at a beautiful performance. They want to be inspired."
Originally published Oct 17, 2023.