KFC's Newest Col. Sanders Is Pretty Strange

Reba McEntire is chain's new pick to play its iconic founder, brings 'country music flair'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2018 8:03 AM CST
Reba McEntire as KFC's Colonel Sanders. A rotating cast of famous names have portrayed the Colonel since 2015, but McEntire is the first female celebrity to do it, and the first musician.   (Courtesy of KFC via AP)
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(Newser) – If you thought KFC couldn't get any stranger in its choice of people to play iconic founder Col. Sanders, well, the latest is not only bringing "country music flair" to the role, she's also the first woman to play the man in the white suit. Reba McEntire will take a turn as Sanders, reports CBS News, and she's clearly having a good time. Clad in a glittery suit with fringe and "a little bit of the country music flair," she says "I got a big kick out of" her transformation into the role. KFC tweeted McEntire's first ad, saying, "Nothing to see here, folks. Nope, nothin’ at all. Just the same old Colonel." A singing McEntire echoes that in the ad: "I'm Colonel Sanders, the same as always. I'm definitely not a woman." CBS notes that McEntire joins the ranks of Rob Lowe, Ray Liotta, and Norm MacDonald. (Read more Reba McEntire stories.)

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