I saw the entire show, and from the beginning there was playful banter going on between the two of them. Kelly would say something to Clay, Clay would say something to Kelly. It seemed to be all in good fun. At one point Kelly even showed a past clip where she impersonated Clay and mocked him on national television. She thought it was funny, and although he may have been slightly offended (they did not show the entire clip but those who had seen the original clip know it was quite rude and disrespectful). Then, while they were interviewing the winners of Dancing With the Stars, Kelly just wouldn't seem to give Clay a chance to talk. She asked four questions straight, before as a joke, Clay said something along the lines of "Let me know when I can talk," which she also ingnored. So, as a joke, after a while, Clay put his hand over her mouth for a few seconds so he could ask a question. People in the audience laughed, and though it was quite funny. However, Kelly did not seem to happy about it. Clay instantly caught on, and said "Oh...is that a no-no?" and she said "That's a no-no." After this, Clay backed down, he was just joking around with the incident and had only meant it to be in good fun, but when he realized that she had taken it seriously, he stopped right away. The rest of the show went on, and it seemed that Kelly had moved on. They were laughing together, she hugged him, complimented him, etc. Even people who were at the show said they even after the incident they were getting along great, chatting during commercial breaks and what not. It seemed that everyone had gotten over it, and saw it for what it was: a simple mistake, meant to be a joke. Then on Monday's show, Kelly spent all this time bashing Clay on national television, saying that he was rude and not "respectful in any way." What bothered me is, although I thought the whole incident wasn't meant to be rude, if she had a problem with it, why didn't she tell him after the show, during a break, or even over the weekend. Why make it seem as if she moved on, and then bash him on TV on Monday? If she had a problem with it, that's fine with me, I understand that maybe she didn't appreciate it. But it was rude of her to say all that stuff about him and not give him a chance to appolgize. Also, on the Insider on Monday, they showed a clip of Clay backstage after the show, and he was talking about how he had a great time with the show, and had only good things to say about Kelly, like how she was a great co-host and stuff. Apparantly, he didn't realize that she was still annoyed with the incident, and was saying good things about her. From the beginning of the show, they were joking around with eachother, it wasn't onesided. Last, this was posted on and R&K site, as well as other sites:
"I was asked to post this here. I was at R&K on Friday as a guest of Laurie Cavaliere. I was backstage and heard Clay apologize to Kelly. I can't remember verbatim, but he did say he was sorry if he offended her. Kelly accepted his apology. For her to bring it up on national tv this morning was extremely unprofessional in my opinion. He made a mistake, he apologized, she accepted the apology. Don't know whay she found it necessary to bring it up on national television. I am in no way condoning what Clay Aiken did, but he did indeed apologize to her off camera and she accepted it off camera. Should have been over and done with."
If this is true, then it really is sad what Kelly said and did on Monday. Even if it is not true (although I have a feeling it is since I saw it on numerous sites), Kelly should have handled the incident offscreen. She was wrong to do what she did on Monday. That is my opinion.
Here is Clay on the Insider, he was interviewed after the show: