Kelly Clarkson is in the New York groove.
The Grammy winner has just moved her daytime talk program The Kelly Clarkson Show from Los Angeles to New York for its fifth season, which debuted Monday, and has made herself at home in the Big Apple.
“At this point, I’m 40 years old. Mama rented something nice!” Clarkson told USA Today of her new home that’s blocks away from her talk show’s new studio in 30 Rockefeller Plaza. “I was like, ‘I’m not living here unless it’s right by the park and really nice for the kids.’”
The kids are 9-year-old River Rose and Remington, 7, who she shares with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock. The couple signed off on their divorce in 2022 after splitting in 2020, prompting Clarkson to make the cross-country move.
“I’ll be real honest: I thought I was making a horrible decision,” Clarkson told the outlet of her concerns prior to the move. “I knew I needed a fresh start and couldn’t be in L.A. I really wanted to be in Montana, but you can’t really do a show from there quite yet. So I was like, ‘The only other option would probably be New York.'"
It’s still early, but so far, Clarkson said she’s not having any regrets. “I genuinely love it, and I love that my kids love it.”
Clarkson is now taping her show at Studio 6A, which was once home to David Letterman, and it’s more intimate than her previous TV home on the Universal lot in Los Angeles.