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'The Kelly Clarkson Show' Staffers Test Positive For COVID-19

Several Kelly Clarkson Show staffers tested positive for coronavirus this week.

In a report by Deadline, multiple people on the production team of Kelly Clarkson’s talk show received positive test results for the wide-spreading disease this Friday (November 13) after a routine test as part of the show’s COVID safety protocols. Due to the positives, contact tracing and retesting are now being involved in accordance with guidelines set by the state/county and the NBCU Production Playbook.

As People indicates, The Kelly Clarkson Show last filmed on Thursday (November 12), but given the outbreak, production is not expected to continue until November 17, pending results from the resting.

Despite being exposed to the virus, a source told Entertainment Tonight that Clarkson tested negative for COVID-19.

The American Idol alum’s passion project isn’t the first production to adjust to the threat of COVID-19 exposure, as it’s only the latest NBC-owned show to be affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Chicago Fire also delayed its production for two weeks due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests. The NBC drama had to push back filming its ninth season as the infected individuals often came in close contact with other members of the cast and crew.

Several stars were forced to skip the 2020 Country Music Association Awards due to COVID-19, including Lee Brice, who tested positive for the disease ahead of the event. Additionally, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard had to pull out of his performance at the awards show after testing positive, as did Lady A, who ultimately canceled their CMA Awards set after COVID-19 exposure.

Worse, a myriad of hopeful TV shows suffered premature cancellations due to COVID-19 exposure, including Drunk History, The Society, On Becoming God in Central Florida, and Americanah.

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