KEY POINTS

  • Kelly Clarkson initially didn't want to host a daytime talk show
  • But she learned to appreciate the opportunity to talk to different kinds of people on "The Kelly Clarkson Show"
  • Paula Abdul said Clarkson has a gift for connecting to people authentically

Kelly Clarkson has admitted that she was not excited about the idea of hosting a talk show before "The Kelly Clarkson Show."

In her interview with the Los Angeles Times, the singer, who is now gearing up for a new season of "The Kelly Clarkson Show," got candid about her thoughts regarding having her own daytime talk show, revealing that she did not want to be a host. But Clarkson learned to love this gig as it allowed her to communicate with people from all walks of life.

"I will be completely honest, and I have been since the beginning: I did not want this job," Clarkson shared. "I say that it’s the dream I didn’t know I had because I talk to so many people, and not just celebrities.

"I’ve talked to the people that have been hit hardest in all of this — financially, emotionally, mentally ... it’s really the everyday people on this show that have just lifted my spirits when I’ve been feeling like, ‘Oh my God, nothing else could possibly go wrong at this point, like, send in the locusts,’" the 38-year-old singer explained.

Paula Abdul, who also appeared on Clarkson's show, had nothing but praise for the "American Idol" winner.

The former "Idol" judge said that when she was seated opposite Clarkson, she felt like she was watching a movie on the edge of her seat and knew that something "overwhelmingly good" was going to happen. Abdul also said that Clarkson's personality makes her perfect for hosting a show.

"She’s just one of those rare gems who’s so genuine and welcoming … it makes everyone around her want to get comfortable and have a conversation," Abdul said of Clarkson. 

"Not everyone can have that kind of an impact. It’s a gift to be able to connect people authentically," she continued. "Kelly’s got that gift, no question.”

Meanwhile, the "Because of You" singer admitted that she had been shocked to learn about former NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy's alleged misconduct in the workplace. Telegdy was the person who discovered her potential as a talk show host.

Clarkson didn't directly address the allegations surrounding another talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," but acknowledged that Hollywood's workplace culture is currently under scrutiny. She also shared that it reaffirmed the lesson she learned at the church when she was a kid.

"How you act is how all those beneath you are going to feel like they’re allowed to act," she said.

"Accountability is so important," Clarkson continued. "Everybody messes up. Everybody’s allowed to mess up. We are imperfect; that’s OK. But it’s not OK to pretend it’s not happening. ... I’m the first one in the room to go, ‘Was that me? Did I do it?’ Or, ‘How can I fix it?'"

In related news, Clarkson recently looked back at the moment that kicked off her showbiz career 18 years ago when she commemorated her win on "American Idol." In a post on Twitter, she wrote that she is still working just as hard as she had been on day one, adding, "I still love my purpose."

Kelly Clarkson Kelly Clarkson attends the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on Jan. 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images