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Kelly Clarkson dealt challenging blow amid 'toxic' accusations as Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Ripa also face disappointment

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Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
16 May 2023
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Kelly Clarkson is facing more unfortunate news amid claims that The Kelly Clarkson Show has a toxic work environment behind the scenes. 

The Daytime Emmy Awards - for which her show has received 11 nominations - will not be proceeding next month on June 16 as planned due to the ongoing Writers' Guild of America strikes.

In a statement released by the National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences, it was revealed that the strikes had impacted the ceremony and they'd been indefinitely postponed.

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"The 50th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards planned for Friday, June 16 on CBS is postponed due to the WGA strike," president/CEO Adam Sharp shared in a statement obtained by Variety

It would impact the creative arts nominees as well, he added: "In addition, the Creative Arts & Lifestyle ceremony, planned for Saturday, June 17, has been postponed pending a strike resolution. 

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"We look forward to our community gathering together as one to celebrate our Golden Anniversary and all of the talented nominees and honorees at a later date."

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This year's Daytime Emmy Awards have been indefinitely postponed due to the WGA strikes

The decision comes not long after similar changes were made to the airing of the Tony Awards (scheduled for June 11) and the previously held MTV Movie and TV Awards, which were placed by a previously recorded clip special after host Drew Barrymore dropped out.

Several soap operas were in contention for top prizes, including staples like The Bold and The Beautiful, Days Of Our Lives, and General Hospital, which have most been impacted by the strike.

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Many daytime talk shows like The Drew Barrymore Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, Today with Hoda and Jenna, and The Jennifer Hudson Show have also been affected, especially those like Kelly Clarkson's and Jennifer Hudson's which bagged multiple nods in the main and creative arts categories.

This WGA walkout is the first writer strike in Hollywood in over 15 years, the last having lasted 99 days, from November 2007 to February 2008. 

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It is rooted in a disagreement over how much writers are paid amid the rapid shift to streaming services, with union members claiming they are not making enough income, especially from their residuals, which many have pointed out used to offer a sustainable wage in the time in between jobs.

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"Driven in large part by the shift to streaming, writers are finding their work devalued in every part of the business. While company profits have remained high and spending on content has grown, writers are falling behind," read a statement from the WGA, which further said: "The companies have used the transition to streaming to cut writer pay and separate writing from production, worsening working conditions for series writers at all levels."

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The Writers Guild of America has gone on strike, their most significant since 2007-08

In the aftermath, late night television shows such as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon have all gone dark, airing reruns instead – Fallon and Seth are personally paying their writers for two weeks – with weekly shows like Saturday Night Live also getting canceled.

Kelly recently broken her silence after her talk show was accused of "overworking" and "underpaying" employees

Her a statement read: "In my 20 years in the entertainment industry, I've always led with my heart and what I believed to be right. I love my team at 'The Kelly Clarkson Show' and to find out anyone is feeling unheard and or disrespected on this show is unacceptable. 

"I have always been, and will continue to be, committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment at 'The Kelly Clarkson Show'." She continued: "As we prepare for a move to the East Coast, I am more committed than ever to ensuring that not only our team that is moving, but also our new team in NY, is comprised of the best and kindest in the business. 

"Part of that build will include leadership training for all of the senior staff, including myself. There is always room to grow and ensure we are all being/becoming the best version of ourselves in any business, especially when it comes to leadership to ensure that any notion of toxicity is eradicated – Kelly." 

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