Kelly Clarkson says she’s working with NASCAR for free because “I have enough money”

International superstar and original American Idol Kelly Clarkson will make appearances for NASCAR and its foundation this racing season, but she’ll do so for free.

“I got on board, not even for a big paycheck or anything, just to help out. Just have fun and do some charity work with them,” she tells Access Hollywood.

Maria Menounos, fresh off of ignoring and asking obnoxious questions of Golden Globe winner American Ferrera, was appalled at that answer, and asked Kelly, “No paycheck?” Kelly said, “People do stuff for money all the time. I have enough money. It’s all about giving back as well.”

She’ll be “the official spokesperson for the fourth annual NASCAR Day on May 18, a day when fans of the sport are encouraged to make a charitable donation of $5 to the NASCAR Foundation in exchange for a commemorative lapel pin,” E! Online reports. That represents “the biggest and most comprehensive partnership the motorsports organization has ever forged with a recording artist.” Among other things, she will “[headline] the Nextel Tribute to America concert before the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18.”

Kelly Clarkson offers ‘Idol’ advice [Access Hollywood]
Kelly Clarkson, NASCAR Idol [E! Online]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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