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Kelly Clarkson is getting a TV talk show. Why that’s more bad news for Steve Harvey

Kelly Clarkson at Gexa Energy Pavilion

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By now, you may know that Kelly Clarkson, the Burleson bred superstar/”American Idol” champ/”Voice” coach, is adding TV-talk show host to her portfolio.

Clarkson’s show will air on NBC-owned stations, including DFW’s KXAS/Channel 5, beginning in fall 2019. According to Variety, being on NBC stations will give Clarkson coverage in 30 percent of U.S. households — mostly in Top 10 Nielsen Media Research markets.

That quickly led to questions about what Clarkson would replace, including whether the long-running NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives” was doomed.

But it’s Steve Harvey’s daytime talk show, which currently airs at 2 p.m. on NBC 5, that will get the boot, according to multiple reports.

It is possible that Harvey’s long-running TV show, now just titled “Steve,” will find a home elsewhere, reports Deadline Hollywood: “It is not clear what will happen to Steve, produced by IMG Original Content, which replaced the Endemol Shine North America-produced Steve Harvey starting last fall,” writes Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva. “It is being distributed by NBCU TV Distribution but I hear the company has been telling stations it would no longer handle it. IMG could take it elsewhere, and I hear that the company has had preliminary conversations. In the new incarnation under new ownership structure, Steve, which relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles, is pretty expensive, which could make finding a new home challenging, but I hear IMG intends to continue with the show.”

Harvey’s September started with DFW radio station “Smooth R&B” KRNB/107.5 FM dropping “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” which had aired on KRNB since 2006 and aired for three years previously on KBFB/97.9 FM “The Beat.” Harvey’s radio show began in 2000 in Los Angeles, according to his bio. For a time, the then-Dallas resident’s show only aired in L.A. and Dallas, and he would alternate weeks broadcasting from the two cities. The show is now nationally syndicated.

According to Atlanta Black Star, Harvey is the subject of two lawsuits, one filed by the widow of former “What’s Happening!?!” star Fred “Rerun” Berry, “ claiming emotional distress, infliction of mental anguish, harm caused to her reputation, harassment and witness intimidation. In August she filed an affidavit, which was obtained by Radar Online, that accuses Harvey of blackballing her from the industry and having his associates bully her online.”

The other suit was filed in April by a former guest seeking $2 million and contending that she was sexually harassed on Harvey’s TV show.

KRNB recently announced that “The Morning Rush with Claudia & Rudy,” featuring comedian Rudy Rush and former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Claudia Jordan, will replace Harvey. Their show is scheduled to debut Monday.

At this point, Harvey appears to be keeping his gigs as host of “Family Feud” and of the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant.

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