Reba McEntire to be KFC's new Colonel Sanders

KFC Makes Reba McEntire The First Female Colonel Sanders — Watch Show-Stopping Ad

Readers can press play above to watch McEntire's new KFC commercial, which promotes the fast-food chain's Smoky Mountain BBQ fried chicken and will officially premiere on January 28.

McEntire stars in a new commercial for the fast-food chain's Smoky Mountain BBQ fried chicken, which launches in participating USA restaurants on Monday, January 29, one day after the singer's ad makes its TV debut.

McEntire joins 11 other actors, including George Hamilton, Norm McDonald, Jim Gaffigan and Rob Lowe, all of whom have played the colonel in previous KFC commercials.

This may be the one time you can get away with calling Reba McEntire a "chick".

KFC is also in the midst of advertising its new Smoky Mountain BBQ fried chicken.

"I said 'Holy smokes!'", McEntire told The Associated Press.

"I'm definitely not a woman".




KFC has found impressive success since rolling out its Colonel Sanders-centric marketing campaign in 2015, despite initial backlash.

It's been fun watching the revolving cast of characters playing Colonel Sanders in the KFC commercials. The post, captioned, "Nothing to see here, folks".

Per Reba in a KFC-issued statement: "I grew up with Kentucky Fried Chicken".

"I thought the transformation was really amusing", McEntire told the Associated Press. "Just the same old Colonel with a new flavor of fried chicken". She embodies the qualities of the colonel with her showmanship and entrepreneurial spirt.

The spot is part of KFC's campaign for a new chicken flavor: Smokey Mountain BBQ.

But the Chockie native is the first famous female to play the part, as well as the first musician. "This really is about finding the ideal fit for KFC and the Colonel and our Smoky Mountain BBQ".

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