“The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson is used to interviewing others on her daytime talk show, but when she was on the other side of the questioning on June 27, she nearly walked out of the interview after putting herself on the spot.
During her appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” to promote her 10th album, “Chemistry,” Clarkson received a question from a fan, Megan, who began to ask, “After years of everyone trying to pit you and [Carrie Underwood] against …”
When Megan accidentally stumbled over her words, calling Underwood “Carrie Wood,” Clarkson jumped in, telling Megan, “I think I know where you’re going with this. People always pit us together, and we don’t even know each other well enough to be pitted [against each other]. Literally, we’ve run into each other a handful of times, and there’s no beef between us. There’s nothing between us, we don’t know each other.”
Then host Andy Cohen asked Megan to finish her question.
“What was your favorite part of having her as a guest on your talk show?” Megan asked.
Clarkson, embarrassed about answering a question that wasn’t asked, sheepishly laughed and mock-waved “Good night.” As the studio audience laughed, she then stood up with her cocktail, walked behind the on-set bar, as if to hide from her mistake, and clinked glasses with bartender Rob Anderson before returning to her seat.
Kelly Clarkson Wants Carrie Underwood Back on Her Show
After settling back into her seat, Clarkson explained how she mistakenly anticipated Megan’s question: “Everybody always asks me the pitted-against-each-other question.” She also said that Underwood’s appearance on the show was “awesome” and that she’d “love to have her there in person. It was during COVID, so it was over Zoom, which is fine, but it’d be cool [to have her in the studio].”
In talking about being pitted against Underwood, Clarkson also said, “I don’t know why they do that. They don’t do that with dudes. They only do that with females.”
This WWHL appearance is not the first time Clarkson has addressed the rumors that she and Underwood were at odds. In June 2018, Entertainment Tonight shared an interview with Clarkson from the red carpet of the Radio Disney Music Awards, where she pulled Underwood to take photos together.
“Everybody always tries to pit me and Carrie against each other, so then when I saw her I was like, you know what? Let’s just end this right now and get a picture together because we are never in the same place.”
Kelly Clarkson Once Signed a Fan Autograph as Carrie Underwood
Clarkson shared a funny story on her talk show in October 2020 when asking guests Michelle Buteau and Cheryl Hines if they had ever been mistaken for another celebrity and how they would react in that scenario.
Clarkson had her own answer prepared, sharing, “This girl came up to me and was like, ‘Oh my god, your song “So Small” is one of my favorites.’ And I kept thinking, I don’t have a song ‘So Small.’ And then she said another song, and I was like ‘Oh, you think I’m Carrie Underwood,’ and I literally look nothing like Carrie Underwood. I was so embarrassed for her that I […] totally signed Carrie [Underwood’s name]. I think that might be illegal.”