A recent video appearing to show “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb interviewing singer Kelly Clarkson “about her weight loss journey” was altered, and follows another deepfake that made it look as though Clarkson was hawking diet pills.
She wasn’t, and this interview isn’t authentic either.
In the altered video, Kotb appears to say Clarkson “lost 37 pounds in a short time.”
Clarkson, in a split screen, then appears to say: “Many know me from music but let me introduce myself. I am Kelly Clarkson. I’m 41 years old and I currently reside in New York City. I’ve lost a total of 37 pounds. Follow the link and read my interview.”
An Oct. 31 Facebook post sharing the video was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)
This split screen isn’t authentic. It was created using two different moments. One, from March 2020, shows Kotb on a “Today” show in which she cried after interviewing now-retired Saints quarterback Drew Brees over the toll COVID-19 had wreaked on New Orleans, where she lived earlier in her career.
The clip of Clarkson stems from an April 17 video she posted on Instagram about her new album, “Chemistry.” She said nothing about her age, weight or New York City.
This supposed interview about Clarkson losing weight never happened. We rate this post False.