Kelly Clarkson talks about the new season of her talk show

Host Kelly Clarkson attends the premiere of “American Song Contest” in March. (Photo: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

When Kelly Clarkson started, she was new in 2002 American Idol victory, the music industry wanted to fit into the mold of the pop stars of the era: Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson and Christina Aguilera.

“The biggest thing for me is that I never thought I would fight so hard to be myself,” she said. Variety in an interview published Wednesday. “People don’t think that what you’re going to sell is going to make them money, and I said, ‘Well, I’m going to be me. If that happens for you, that’s great. If it doesn’t, I’m sorry.’ It came out, the hard work, but it was very hard.”

Now 40, Clarkson has managed to remain exactly who she is, Texas twang and all, on her hit albums, as a judge on The voicehis host American Song Contest and, especially, to a speaker during the day The Kelly Clarkson Showwhich returns for a fourth season on September 12, in the time slot leading into local news and previously occupied by The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“No one is going to fill Ellen’s shoes,” the “Stronger” artist said. Very few people can master what they have mastered. My team is very excited and I believe in my team. But in no way am I filling anyone’s shoes — I don’t want that pressure.”

Clarkson recalled that, in the ’90s, she was a big fan of Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show. This season, she’s looking forward to her competitors’ debuts, believe it or not. And specifically called out the hosts of the new Sherry and The Jennifer Hudson Showstarring a friend American Idol favorite.

“I’m so excited for Sherri Shepherd. I’m so excited for her. She’s one of my favorite guests. I literally danced with her on my show,” Clarkson said. “And I’m so excited for Jennifer Hudson. Who would have thought two girls from Idol would he do such a thing?’

And, no, there is no competition there.

“There’s room for everyone,” he said. “I just wanted to say this because I don’t like how people pit us against each other. I want to make sure everyone knows we support each other. We’re all so different and the day is an amazing platform for us all to bring something positive in the world.”

Daytime TV also allows her quality parenting time. Clarkson has two children, daughter River Rose, 8, and son Remington, 6, with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock. (An album filled with songs she wrote after their breakup will be released next year.) She makes parenting a priority—this season, the show pushed everything back 30 minutes to get the kids to school—but she still has guilt. to mom.

“My mom, I called her once — that was years ago — and I said, ‘Am I seeing enough of my kids?’ And she said, “Oh, my God, Kelly, you see your kids a lot more than I saw you!” Clarkson said. “A lot of people don’t have the means, so I’m very lucky. Scheduling can get tough, but I have such a great team: Everyone at NBC is amazing, and everyone wants everyone to be successful. It’s really helpful to have that kind of unity in your environment at work.There are many parents on talk shows and in the The voice and on my tag. And there are many women.”

Yes, there have been changes across the industry since Clarkson arrived. He insists on it she has remained the same.

“I find myself incredibly normal. I don’t know how this happened,” she told the publication. “I always feel bad for artists who can’t go anywhere. I can go to Target all the time, whenever I want. I kind of get lucky.”

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