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Fans React to Reba McEntire as KFC's First Female Colonel Sanders

27 January, 2018, 16:47 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • Reba Mc Entire becomes the first female and first globally-known musician to play the chicken chain's iconic mascot

Now the chicken-lovin' chain is buzzing yet again, this time because they just announced Reba McEntire as the first woman to be transformed into the iconic Colonel Sanders.

Amid a gender debate touching many industries, KFC has chosen Reba McEntire to appear as Colonel Sanders in a marketing campaign touting a new barbecued chicken product.

"We picked Reba McEntire because she is the ideal fit for KFC and Smoky Mountain BBQ".

But McEntire is an especially beloved celebrity, both in the country music realm and through her TV role on her long-running comedy series "Reba". "I said 'Holy smokes!'" she said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Previous "Colonel Sanders" include Norm MacDonald, Darrell Hammond, Jim Gaffigan, George Hamilton and Rob Lowe.


McEntire will be filling the shoes of KFC's last Colonel Sanders, actor Christopher Boyer, who is best known for playing Robert E. Lee in the 2012 film Lincoln. "I got a big kick out of it". The post, captioned, "Nothing to see here, folks". She continued, "I'm definitely not a woman." she also remarked appearance as herself as an audience member, in the commercial.

Das believes the colonel would be proud of the new sauce.

"Oh please ignore any likeness to famous country singers", McEntire sings in the promo.

"It's something that, in a way, you can kind of poke fun at yourself by dressing up as the colonel", McEntire said.

The spot is part of KFC's campaign for a new chicken flavor: Smokey Mountain BBQ. The commercial will officially air on January 28.

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