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KFC's New Colonel Sanders Is Familiar Face

Actor will be featured in chicken chain's newest round of ads

(Newser) - Part of the fun of watching KFC commercials is figuring out who's underneath all of the makeup in the Harland Sanders costume. Now there's a new colonel in town, the chain announced Friday: Rob Lowe. The 53-year-old Parks and Rec actor will be donning Colonel Sanders' trademark white... More »

Famous Producer Has a Really Weird Side Gig

Steve Lillywhite also hawks CDs at Indonesia KFC restaurants

(Newser) - "Music and chicken have become intertwined." That's the word from Steve Lillywhite, the well-known producer for such bands as U2 and the Rolling Stones, who has won six Grammys over the course of his career. He's talking about his other job, in Indonesia, where he works... More »

Woman Sues KFC Because Ad Showed Too Much Chicken

Anna Wurtzburger says her bucket of chicken wasn't 'overflowing' like the ad

(Newser) - A 64-year-old New York widow just wanted some fried chicken; now she's hoping for a family-size bucket of extra-crispy justice with a side of mashed vindication. The New York Post reports Anna Wurtzburger is suing KFC for false advertising after she bought a $20 bucket of chicken last summer... More »

Meet KFC's New Colonel Sanders

George Hamilton is the 'extra crispy colonel'

(Newser) - KFC has a new Colonel Sanders—sort of. Actor George Hamilton (who, his Wikipedia page notes, "is, perhaps, most famous for his debonair style and his perfect and perpetual suntan") will play the "Extra Crispy Colonel" in ads for the chain's Extra Crispy Chicken. "Extra... More »

DNA Test Results Are In for KFC 'Deep-Fried Rat'

And the test shows ... it's chicken

(Newser) - Just as exciting as a Maury paternity test, but slightly more stomach-churning: The DNA test results are in for a KFC meal a California man claimed was a deep-fried rat. And those results show that it's definitely, absolutely, without a doubt nothing other than a fried chicken tender, just... More »

KFC Is Spending $185M to Win You Back

Chain will bring back brand's 'greatest asset': the late Colonel Sanders

(Newser) - "There are few problems a bucket of fried chicken can't solve." That's one of the messages KFC management is banking on to rescue it from fast-food irrelevance, especially after losing major market share to rival Chick-fil-A, the Washington Post reports. The Yum Brands subsidiary is spitting... More »

KFC to Unveil Edible Coffee Cups in UK

No word yet on whether they're coming to US

(Newser) - UK customers who buy a cup of coffee at Kentucky Fried Chicken soon won't have to throw their cups away—they'll just eat them. The chain will be testing an edible cup in stores sometime this year, reports the Telegraph . As USA Today explains, the Scoff-ee Cup will... More »

Family of Mauled Toddler Turns Down KFC's Cash

Victoria Wilcher's family tells restaurant to donate it to nonprofit that's helping them

(Newser) - The family of a 3-year-old who was supposedly asked to leave a KFC because of the scars on her face from a dog mauling will not accept any money from the restaurant, saying it "unequivocally" rejects the promised $30,000. Victoria Wilcher's grandmother stands by her story, the... More »

KFC: No Evidence Scarred Toddler Was Asked to Leave

But company will still donate to Victoria Wilcher's care

(Newser) - In KFC's view, it really was a hoax : After commissioning two investigations into the story of a disfigured little girl supposedly asked to leave one of its restaurants, both internal and independent probes found no evidence the incident actually happened, the chain said yesterday. Even so, a KFC spokesperson... More »

Story of Little Girl Getting Kicked Out of KFC a Hoax?

Victoria Wilcher's grandma said disfigured child was asked to leave

(Newser) - A 3-year-old girl disfigured after a dog mauled her has been getting a lot of attention, sympathy, and donations after her family said she was asked to leave a KFC in Jackson, Miss., because her appearance was scaring the other customers. But the whole story looks to be bogus, according... More »

KFC Owner Opens Chick-fil-A Wannabe

Super Chix does not reference its relationship to KFC

(Newser) - Yum Brands, which owns KFC, is quietly testing a single store in Arlington, Texas, that appears to be in direct competition with Chick-fil-A, Ad Age and other outlets note. Super Chix offers up "hand-breaded," MSG-, HFCS-, and phosphate-free chicken sandwiches and tenders, toppings like pickles and jalapenos, and... More »

Guy Finds Chicken Kidney in His KFC

Chain apologizes for 'unsightly' mix-up

(Newser) - In case you needed a reason to cut down on fast food: A 19-year-old in the UK found what appeared to be a chicken brain in a piece of fried chicken, the Sun reports. But, hey, it's not so bad, because experts later determined it was probably just a... More »

Guy Orders KFC, Gets Bag of Cash Instead

Customer realizes error, calls cops

(Newser) - A 21-year-old man just wanted some fried chicken, but when he left the drive-through of a KFC in Kansas and looked in his bag, it was instead full of money. Seems an employee had put the bank deposit into a bag, which another employee accidentally gave to the man in... More »

KFC Looks to Conquer Africa With Fried Chicken

Chain to open hundreds of restaurants in a dozen countries

(Newser) - Kentucky Fried Chicken wants to take over Africa. Like McDonald's and other fast-food giants, KFC parent company Yum Brands has been countering the slowdown in American spending with expansion overseas. Having populated China with KFC outlets, Yum now plans to double the number of stores in Africa to 1,200,... More »

KFC's Butt Ads Slammed as Sexist

Double Down ad campaign on buns labeled 'obnoxious'

(Newser) - Women's groups are crying foul over the location of KFC's latest ad campaign. The company is recruiting shapely college women to act as "human billboards" and hand out coupons for the Double Down sandwich while wearing sweatpants with the product's logo emblazoned on the rear. "It's so obnoxious... More »

KFC's Double Down Is Double Blech

Reviewers not so fond of latest fast-food monstrosity

(Newser) - Congratulations, KFC, your Double Down stunt has gotten more publicity than a Nazi-themed romp with Jesse James. So here's a little more, in the form of what the reviewers are saying:
  • The Double Down "arrives at a new low," writes Sam Sifton of the New York Times . Even
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KFC's Double Down: For God's Sake, Why?

Sandwich with chicken in place of bread arrives Monday

(Newser) - Given the national concern over obesity, Thomas Rogers wondered what in the world KFC could have been thinking when it created the grotesque new sandwich that slaps bacon and cheese, slathered in mayo, in between 2 pieces of fried chicken. Rogers, who writes for Salon , went to food industry expert... More »

KFC Sued Over Shift From Fried to Grilled

Franchise owners want to keep focus on Original Recipe products

(Newser) - It's not called Kentucky Grilled Chicken, and a group of KFC franchise owners would like to keep it that way: Determined to keep "fried" the focus, they've sued the company for promoting grilled over traditional options. KFC "appears to believe that the future lies with grilled chicken rather... More »

Col. Sanders Impersonator Punks UN

Impersonator dupes security in publicity stunt

(Newser) - A Colonel Sanders lookalike got a diplomat’s welcome at the United Nations, somehow tricking the security guards into letting him in, UN officials sheepishly admitted. Once inside, the KFC mascot met with UN General Assembly President Ali Treki of Libya, even getting his picture snapped shaking hands beneath the... More »

How We Get bin Laden: KFC's New Double Down

It's a bacon and cheese sandwich, except with fried chicken instead of bread!

(Newser) - Fed up with all haute cuisine? Foodie babble? An organic garden at the White House? KFC looks to have just what you need in the Double Down, a bacon and cheese sandwich in which the bread is replaced by fried chicken fillets! “Forget food porn,” Scott Gold writes... More »

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