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Cher Discusses Wild Tour Bus with Nelson on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’

Cher and Kelly Clarkson have revealed an anecdote about Willie Nelson’s wild tour bus. It’s filled with hilarious stories of legendary cannabis icons crossing the country.

On Monday, NBC released an additional video from Cher’s recent appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show. The “Believe” singer talked to Clarkson about her four-piece Decades Eau de Parfum collection.

Reflecting scents from the 1960s to 1990s, the 70s fragrance features notes of saffron encased in soft textile and fragrance. However, per Clarkson, she was shocked that it “didn’t smell like marijuana.”

“I was like, ‘Oh, this one will obviously smell like Willie Nelson’s bus,'” Clarkson stated, pushing her guest to say, “Oh my God. I’ve been on Willie Nelson’s bus. It smells exactly like marijuana.”

Clarkson added that Nelson had enough drugs to fill the store and said he once got hooked while on a bus.

“It was a terrible old bus, but he was great,” Cher recounted of her encounters. “And just… drugs everywhere.”

Clarkson jested: “When you walked out, you were definitely hungry.”


Nelson, 89, a longtime advocate for decriminalizing marijuana, founded cannabis company Willie’s Reserve in 2015 and has discussed how weed had assisted him.

“I wouldn’t be alive. It saved my life, really,” the country star said in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2019. 

“I wouldn’t have lived 85 years if I’d have kept drinking and smoking like I was when I was 30, 40 years old. I think that weed kept me from wanting to kill people. And probably kept a lot of people from wanting to kill me, too — out there drunk, running around.”

Later that year, he admitted to quitting smoking for health reasons.

“I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days, and I have to be careful,” Nelson shared with San Antonio’s KSAT. 

“I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever. And that almost killed me. I don’t smoke anymore – take better care of myself.”

You can watch Cher’s visit to The Kelly Clarkson Show here.

Clarkson Isn’t Competing 

Thank you, but Kelly Clarkson is not targeting to be the next Ellen DeGeneres.

When The Kelly Clarkson Show airs for its season four in the autumn, it will replace the long-running Ellen DeGeneres Show in the afternoon time (3 p.m. in most areas).

While it can be intimidating to find success with a talk show veteran like DeGeneres, Clarkson recently told Variety that she’s not looking to fill her legendary white sneakers.

“Nobody is going to fill Ellen’s shoes,” Clarkson stated. “I hold the Oprahs and the Ellens in such high regard. Very few people can conquer what they conquered. My team is very stoked, and I believe in my team. But by no means am I filling anyone’s shoes — I don’t want that pressure.”

She admits that this time slot is “coveted” but also sees it as “an opportunity to reach more people.”

Clarkson shared this pearl of wisdom from the talk show when asked if she felt pressured to take the job.

“I remember Oprah had that spot forever. And then Ellen came in. And I think what’s helpful for me is that those two women are very different — how they did their shows was very different, how they connected with people was different, their humor was different,” she stated. 

She even added: “To fill that slot doesn’t mean you have to do one thing — it’s important that we all stand out and that we’re all different.”

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No One’s Replacing Anyone

And don’t even try to compare Jennifer Hudson or Sherri Shepherd, two other American Idol alumni who are now getting their own daytime TV series. Everyone has a place, Clarkson reassured.

“I am so excited for Sherri Shepherd. I’m so stoked for her. She’s one of my favorite guests,” she stated. 

“And I’m so excited for Jennifer Hudson. Who would have thought two girls from Idol would be doing this type of thing? There’s room for everyone. I just wanted to say that because I don’t like how people pit us against each other. I want to be sure that everyone knows that we are supportive of each other.”

The Kelly Clarkson Show, which debuted in 2019, includes parts on ordinary people, segments with celebrity guests, and music, such as the crowd-pleaser Kellyoke, which features covers by the Grammy winner.

Furthermore, 13 Daytime Emmy Awards have been earned by the program.

In addition to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Kenan Thompson, Garth Brooks, and others, Season 4 premiered last September 12.

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What A Superstar Gives

Fans of Radiohead, get out of bed because Kelly Clarkson served you a rendition of their dramatic dirge “Exit Music (For a Film).”

In April, Clarkson gave the song a pop-octave makeover in an episode of her “Kellyoke” segment on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been listening to “Exit Music” since it played over the credits of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet or if this is your first time hearing it; it’s guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. 

Both songs, “Exit Music” and “Karma Police,” are taken from Radiohead’s groundbreaking 1997 album OK Computer. “Exit Music” isn’t the first Radiohead tune to appear in “Kellyoke”; Clarkson also covered Karma Police in October.

Before performing a cover of Radiohead’s breakthrough song “Creep” in front of a crowd in 2012, Clarkson introduced herself as a “big Radiohead fan” and said she found leader Thom Yorke’s voice seductive.

“I’m not going to sound as sexy,” Clarkson said, “but I’m going to try my damndest.”

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