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Kelly Rowland hits red carpet as spokesperson defends ‘amiable’ singer in first statement since she ‘walked off’ Today show set over THAT dressing room saga

Kelly Rowland wowed in blue on Tuesday, while attending the premiere of Mea Culpa in Chicago, Illinois, after her spokesperson defended her recent dressing room saga.

The 43-year-old singer looked vibrant as she rocked an electric blue fur jacket over a matching blue jumpsuit at the event, hosted at the AMC River East Theater. 

Her hair was styled into a chic short bob, and she accessorized her look with a number of jewelry pieces.

Earlier on Tuesday Kelly’s longtime representative, Yvette Noel-Schure, released a statement following reports that Rowland walked off her co-hosting gig on Today over dressing room issues. 

‘After 28 years of knowing her, Kelly Rowland remains one of the kindest, most amiable humans I have ever met and have had the blessing to represent,’ she told Entertainment Tonight.

Kelly Rowland wowed in blue on Tuesday, while attending the premiere of Mea Culpa in Chicago, Illinois, after her spokesperson defended her recent dressing room saga

Kelly Rowland wowed in blue on Tuesday, while attending the premiere of Mea Culpa in Chicago, Illinois, after her spokesperson defended her recent dressing room saga

The 43-year-old singer looked vibrant as she rocked an electric blue fur jacket over a matching blue jumpsuit at the event, hosted at the AMC River East Theater

The 43-year-old singer looked vibrant as she rocked an electric blue fur jacket over a matching blue jumpsuit at the event, hosted at the AMC River East Theater

While on the red carpet at the event, Kelly — who was recently supported by Destiny’s Child co-member Beyonce at the New York premiere of the film — was seen posing with some of her co-stars, including Trevante Rhodes, 34. 

The actor looked dapper in a black jacket with a brown pattern, and black shirt and jeans. 

She also mingled with Nekia Nichelle, who sizzled in a black lace top, jeans and a blazer.

In the upcoming Netflix rime thriller, written and directed by Tyler Perry, Rowland stars as criminal defense attorney Mea Harper.

The film follows Mea as she decides to represent a young male artist (played by Trevante Rhodes) who has been accused of murdering his girlfriend.

Rowland and Perry are also listed as producers on the project, which was picked up last February and wrapped filming in March.

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Mea Culpa will be available to stream on Netflix starting February 23.

Hoda Kotb also broke her silence on Kelly’s recent dressing room issue on Tuesday. The 59-year-old host extended another invitation to the singer during an episode of Today with Hoda & Jenna, stating that she is always welcome back on set.

‘I just wanna say this, I have great love and admiration for Kelly Rowland. I adore her. And I want her to come back on our show, and I want her to host again,’ she explained.

Earlier on Tuesday Kelly's longtime representative, Yvette Noel-Schure, released a statement following reports that Rowland walked off her co-hosting gig on Today over dressing room issues

Earlier on Tuesday Kelly’s longtime representative, Yvette Noel-Schure, released a statement following reports that Rowland walked off her co-hosting gig on Today over dressing room issues 

'After 28 years of knowing her, Kelly Rowland remains one of the kindest, most amiable humans I have ever met and have had the blessing to represent,' she told Entertainment Tonight

‘After 28 years of knowing her, Kelly Rowland remains one of the kindest, most amiable humans I have ever met and have had the blessing to represent,’ she told Entertainment Tonight  

While on the red carpet at the event, Kelly was seen posing with some of her co-stars, including Trevante Rhodes, 34

While on the red carpet at the event, Kelly was seen posing with some of her co-stars, including Trevante Rhodes, 34

She also mingled with Nekia Nichelle, who sizzled in a black lace top, jeans and a blazer

She also mingled with Nekia Nichelle, who sizzled in a black lace top, jeans and a blazer

Trevante, Kelly and Nekia posed together

Trevante, Kelly and Nekia posed together 

‘She can share my dressing room — we’ll be in it together!’ the TV presenter quipped.

Hoda’s longtime co-host Jenna Bush Hager, who had scheduled a day off last Thursday when Kelly was expected to step in, concurred, saying the star is ‘welcome anytime’ because ‘she’s the best.’

Hoda added, ‘I just want to say we love her and we’ve loved her on this show for many, many years.’

Jenna then recalled Kelly’s debut on the Today show, exclaiming, ‘Remember the first time she was a guest and we both said, “Can she please host?”‘

It was reported on Friday that Kelly was unhappy with the dressing room that was being offered so she opted to depart the set last minute. Rita Ora stepped up to fill in.

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‘On another note too, we just want to give a shoutout to Rita Ora, who kind of came in at the last second and really did a phenomenal job,’ concluded Hoda on Tuesday’s episode.

Ora, 33, took to her Instagram on Friday to share a fun photo carousel of her time on the morning show and admitted that it all came together in the eleventh hour.

Her post came hours after it was claimed that Kelly walked out on the guest hosting job, expressing dissatisfaction with Today’s dressing rooms.

The move by the singer left Today scrambling, according to sources for Page Six on Friday.

Kelly was seen addressing the crowd inside the theater

Kelly was seen addressing the crowd inside the theater

Today host Hoda Kotb, 59, also broke her silence on Kelly's dressing room issue on Tuesday, and extended another invitation to the Destiny's Child singer

Today host Hoda Kotb, 59, also broke her silence on Kelly’s dressing room issue on Tuesday, and extended another invitation to the Destiny’s Child singer 

'She can share my dressing room ¿ we¿ll be in it together!' the TV presenter quipped

‘She can share my dressing room — we’ll be in it together!’ the TV presenter quipped

It was reported on Friday that Kelly was unhappy with the dressing room that was being offered so she opted to depart the set last minute. Rita Ora stepped up to fill in

It was reported on Friday that Kelly was unhappy with the dressing room that was being offered so she opted to depart the set last minute. Rita Ora stepped up to fill in

Trevante joined Kelly on stage

Trevante joined Kelly on stage

DailyMail.com reached out to representatives for Rowland and have yet to hear back.

Kelly did appear for an interview segment on her new project during the 8am hour of Today.

However, the publication reports that she was expected to fill in for Jenna Bush Hager during the fourth hour as she was to guest host Today With Hoda & Jenna.

Insiders for the publication claim that Kelly dropped out at the last minute due to the dressing room not being ‘up to snuff’ as television presenter Hoda was left ‘scurrying to find a replacement.’

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The insider told the publication: ‘Kelly and her team were not happy. They did not like the dressing room, so they decided to pull her off the show, leaving [Kotb] without a guest host for the 10 a.m. hour.’

They told Page Six the the singer-turned-actress’s abrupt exit was a bit of a surprise.

A source said: ‘She’s beloved at Today. She was getting the full hour, and Hoda’s the biggest hype woman on the planet! It made no sense.’

The insiders told the publication that Rowland along with her team played a game of ‘musical dressing rooms.’

Her entourage was said to have inquired about the green room upstairs because ‘they didn’t like the one she was in.’

However Jennifer Lopez was occupying the room at he time as she arrived there earlier to promote her new album and film This Is Me… Now.

Mea Culpa, where Rowland stars as criminal defense attorney Mea Harper, will be available to stream on Netflix starting February 23

Mea Culpa, where Rowland stars as criminal defense attorney Mea Harper, will be available to stream on Netflix starting February 23

Page Six also reports that the dressing rooms on Today are notoriously known as some of the smallest in the industry with one source telling them they are practically ‘glorified closets.’

The source said: ‘They’re not nice. It’s the oldest building. There are major space limitations, [it’s] not glamorous. It’s not fresh flowers, and candles and gourmet food. It’s basically [a] white box.’

Today stars Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreyer have previously showed their dressing rooms in 2021 and they did not look pretty.

Insiders for the publication claim that producers on the chat show had offered the star several other options including talent dressing rooms and larger make-up and hair areas.

They explained: ‘They didn’t want that. [The show] basically offered up as much as possible, but they weren’t happy with it, so they walked and they left.’

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