ELLEN DEGENERES MAD SCRAMBLE TO REPLACE HER SHOW Kelly Clarkson’s The Frontrunner, BUT …

The clock is now ticking for NBC to choose the successor to Ellen DeGeneres‘ coveted time slot, and although they have a star in their pocket, a lot has to go right to make it work.

Sources at the network tell us — long before COVID — NBC honchos launched the Kelly Clarkson Show as the heir apparent to Ellen’s syndicated hour. They knew back then Ellen was probably going to pull the plug on the show, and Kelly seemed like a likely successor.

The thing is … Kelly’s show struggled during COVID. Her ratings slumped and the production qualities of the show were less than stellar. We’re told a lot depends on the next few months … whether the show experiences a surge in popularity as production comes back full force.

If that doesn’t happen, NBC may well look beyond its current lineup to find a replacement, and a name that’s been bandied about is one Tiffany Haddish. There are many reasons why Tiffany’s name has bubbled up to the surface … one of which is that she has guest-hosted for Ellen with considerable success.

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